2013 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic Auction
Lot
4

1925 Willys Overland Delivery Van

$12,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine In-line 4-cylinder, 154-cid
Gearbox 3-Speed Manual
Body Work Delivery Van
Colour Blue
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Wooden-Spoked
Brakes Drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

After John North Willys took over Overland in 1908, the newly revitalized company expanded rapidly and, in 1917, challenged Henry Ford with a competitor to the Model T. The Overland factory in Toledo, Ohio continued turning out robust, inexpensive yet well-engineered fours and sixes until 1927, when Willys retired the name in favour of the Whippet line. The mainstay of Overland's production during the 1920s was the Model 91, with a 154-cid four-cylinder motor developing 30hp and three-speed transmission in a 100-inch wheelbase frame. Realizing they could never compete with the Model T head to head, Willys turned their product into a slightly larger, better equipped and more expensive product and sales grew strongly as a result, with more than 150,000 built in 1925. The Overland proved popular with Australian buyers right from the earliest days, thanks to a reputation for reliability and longevity and they continue to enjoy a strong following here, with support from the local club.