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Lot 389
1949 Willys Pickup Truck


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

CHASSIS NO: 2W025504

• Rare pickup truck model
• Older, body-off-the-frame restoration
• Believed to have just two owners from new

2.2-liter “Go-Devil” six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, rear axle semi-floating axles, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 118”

Willys-Overland became a household name when they showed the world the Jeep in November of 1940. The entire design and build only took a remarkable 75 days from start to finish and its multi-purpose use helped the U.S. win the war. Once World War II ended, Willys knew they had to keep that momentum going and took the bull by the horns and capitalized on the public popularity of the Jeeps they helped build for the war by making a civilian version of the military Jeep. Along with the Jeep and Jeepster models, they decided to introduce a pickup truck version. For the 1940s, it was considered a daring business move to bring multiple vehicles to market at similar times. Officially for sale in 1947, the Willys Pickup came with the same famous “Go-Devil” engine and three-speed Borg-Warner T-90 manual transmission as the military and civilian Jeeps. Its success was slow from the start and changes over the years for the pickup were more evolutionary than revolutionary but were still admired by the public.

This sporty 1949 Willys Pickup Truck is believed to have just two owners from new. It was originally purchased new in Tennessee and remained in its original form until 2009 when it was given a body-off-the-frame restoration. Shortly after the restoration, it was sold to The Rockhound Collection through a vintage car dealer located in Maine. The body was treated to a nice maroon color, while the wheels were painted a classic Willys-Overland cream color. The brightwork on the bumpers, light bezels, and driver and passenger mirrors appear to shine nicely and even and help break up the solid maroon body. Its rugged American looks are enhanced with its step-side pickup bed and spare tire mounted behind the cabin on the driver's side. The truck's cabin is simple, but very clean, and comes with a single gray bench seat and roll-up windows. A floor-mounted shifter for the three-speed manual transmission is located in the middle and backs up to a famous “Go-Devil” six-cylinder engine that is reported to be in good running order. With its popularity only rising among vintage trucks and Jeeps, especially in recent years, this turnkey-ready example is sure to be a fan favorite wherever its next owner desires to take it.

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