Used Willys Cars

willysThe colorful history of Willys-Overland Motor Company all began in the 1900s. John North Willys bought the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company, which he renamed Willys-Overland Motor Company.

As war unfolded in Europe in the 1930s, the US Military hankered for a lightweight, four-wheel-drive, general-purpose vehicle. In the later part of 1940, Willys was one of the companies that obtained a contract to build “jeeps,” and went on to produce hundreds of thousands of units from 1941 to 1945. The jeeps were reliable, rugged and robust. In 1949, Willys Wagons – the grand daddy of modern-day sport utility vehicles become available.

Willys-Overland registered for a trademark for the word jeep after World War II. Motors eventually bought out Willys-Overland and changed the name to Willys Motor Company. In 1963, Willys reverted back to Kaiser-jeep Corporation. The company became known as American Motors Corporation in 1970, and in 1987, the jeep trademark was acquired by Chrysler Corporation, which was passed on to DaimlerChrysler AG following the buyout of Chryslers in 1998.