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About Willys-Overland

Willys (correctly pronounced "WILL-iss", but "Will-eez" is more common), was the brand name used by the United States automobile company, Willys-Overland Motors, best known for its production of military and civilian Jeeps, during the twentieth century.

History

In 1908, John North Willys bought the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company and in 1912 renamed it Willys-Overland Motor Company. From 1912 to 1918, Willys was the second largest producer of automobiles in the United States behind only the Ford Motor Company.

In 1913, Willys acquired a license to build the Knight Engine's (sleeve-valve) engine which it used in cars bearing the Willys-Knight nameplate. In the mid 1920s, Willys also acquired the F.B. Stearns Company of Cleveland, Ohio and assumed continued production of the Stearns-Knight luxury car as well.

John Willys acquired the Electric Auto-Lite Company in 1914 and in 1917 formed the Willys Corporation to act as his holding company. In 1915, they acquired the Russell Motor Car Company of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and in 1919 acquired the Duesenberg Motors Company plant in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The New Jersey plant was replaced by a new, larger facility and was to be the site of production for a new Willys Six, but the 1920 recession brought the Willys Corporation to its knees. The bankers hired Walter P. Chrysler to sort out the mess and the first model to go was the Willys Six. Deemed an engineering disaster, Chrysler had auto engineers Owen Skelton, Carl Breer and Fred Zeder to begin work on a new car - the Chrysler Six.

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2-door
5-seat
S6 12v 2.6L OISE M-3
67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp  183.0 N·m / 135.0 lb·ft / 135.0 lb·ft
   

Willys-Overland 685-A (1954)

2-door 5-seater offroad vehicle, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OISE (overhead inlet, side exhaust valve), 2638 cm3 / 161.0 cu in / 161.0 cu in, 67.1 kW / 90.0 hp / 90.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 183.0 N·m / 135.0 lb·ft / 135.0 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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