Short Straw: 1959 Willys 4×4 Station Wagon Project – Sold!
After purchasing a package deal of vintage Willys Wagons to get the one he wanted, the seller of this 1959 Willys 4×4 Utility Wagon on Craigslist the Northeast side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania gave this one the short straw and is offering it for sale for $2,000. A quick check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has his Willys priced $6,000 below the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $8,000.
Willys (and later Kaiser Jeep) produced over 300,000 Willys Wagons in the U.S. from 1946 to 1964. Rather than rely on more expensive traditional techniques, Industrial Designer Brooks Stevens developed the bodies so they could be built by sheet metal fabricators who normally made parts for household appliances and could draw sheet metal no more than 6 inches. This simplicity provided the Willys Wagon with the distinction of being the first mass-produced all-steel station wagons. In addition to the standard two-wheel drive model, the 4×4 such as the example featured here was called the “Utility Wagon” and as such is now considered the first production sport utility vehicle.
While we don’t have any interior, engine, or underside pictures to go on, this Willys appeals to us as either an aggressive restoration project or perhaps more likely, re-mounting the body on a more modern truck or SUV frame to form the basis of a great 4×4 Restomod. Whichever path you choose, good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1959 willys station wagon. Has title. Bought in a package of willys. Not restoring this willys. $2000.00 firm. I do not need help selling this vehicle !! Delivery available. Text or phone. 724-355-six,401“
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