Big Foot Hunter: 1960 Willys Wagon Mild Custom – Sold!
Our first of four Willys Wagons featured today is this mildly customized bright yellow over gray vinyl 1962 Willys 4×4 Utility Wagon listed on Craigslist in Silver Bay, New York where the current owner is asking $20,000 firm. Flipping through our latest hard copy of the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide confirms the seller is asking within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $7,075, “$17,700, and $34,300, respectively.
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, adding the availability of four-wheel-drive after 1949 such as the example featured here was called the “Utility Wagon” and as such is now considered the first production sport utility vehicle. For 1962, the first-ever-in America overhead cam 230 cubic inch Tornado inline-six was now the standard engine, however, in this example that has long since been replaced with a Chevrolet 350 cubic inch small block adapted to the three-speed manual transmission and transfer case.
We like the tasteful color combination of this mildly customized Willys and the pictures of the undercarriage leave little concern for any hidden problem areas. The seller reports the back seats are currently in the upholstery shop and will be included as part of the sale. If you’re looking for a custom alternative to the sea of Wranglers you come across on the trail, this appears to be a great candidate. The massive Bedliner-coated front bumper will either help you winch yourself out of a bind or can be used in combination with the V8’s power to help a buddy out a rut. It’s up to you whether you want to leave the Gorilla sticker in the back window and the “Big Foot Official Search Vehicle” label on the rear bumper following the sale. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Willys Wagon. 350 Chevy, New 3spd transmission, rebuilt transfer case. Truck runs and drives great for a Willy’s. Back seat cushions are being recovered now. This truck is not a rust bucket underneath looks great. Way to much to list. I don’t need to sell! Call or text me (518)469-8197 for any questions and more pics.“
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