This 1957 Willys Wagon appeared here on Craigslist yesterday in Norfolk, Virginia where Tony, the current caretaker, is asking $4,900. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for these vehicles as $8,200, $15,500, and $30,400, respectively.
Willys Overland produced its two-door wagon variant from 1946-1964 in the U.S. However this same vehicle was manufactured under license in Argentina until 1970 and in Brazil through 1977. These Willys wagons are famous for two automotive milestones. First, they were the first mass-market all-steel station wagons designed and built as a passenger vehicles. Second, after introducing a four-wheel-drive model in 1949, Willys referred to the 2WD variant as the “Station Wagon” and called the 4×4 version the “Utility.” Thus, the 4WD Willys Jeep Wagon is often considered the first production sport utility vehicle.
Tony provides the following brief, one sentence description of his Willys: “1957 Willy Wagon. All original. 4×4, with gas Super Hurricane Motor. Needs restoring.” If Tony’s example turns out to be structurally solid, we would be very tempted to restore this wagon’s mechanicals and interior but then clear coat the wonderful exterior patina. Good luck with the purchase!