Selling a 1922 Willys Overland Touring Model 4A that I acquired recently. I tend to favor 1940's-1960's GM classics, but when I saw this prewar beauty sitting on jack stands in a garage I had to bring it home.
Getting back to the car, I found this car locally in Connecticut. It belonged to a friend of mine, who inherited it from his father. He didn't know very much about the car and just reminisced about driving it around town until several years ago. He said that his father owned it for at least 7 years, but it has been exactly 11 years according to the registration. He advised me that the starter was removed some time ago and that was the last time it had been on the road.
Obviously, I couldn't hear the car start, but trusting the word of my friend and considering that the engine spun freely with the crank I bought it! The Overland is currently registered to him here in Connecticut, so it's being sold with a Bill of Sale considering CT is a NO TITLE state for classics.
I found some information on where I could locate the vehicle Serial Number, 235271, which is stamped on a placard on the driver's side of the seat frame. Then I browsed through a WOKR 1990 Membership and Vehicle Roster that came with the car and matched the serial number to a previous owner of the vehicle, Barbara & George Parmelee of Bethlehem Connecticut. They owned the car prior to my friend's dad, but at least I know that this Willys Overland has been in Connecticut for the last 28 years.
Getting back to the physical aspects of this car, it appears solid. The car, which is red brick in color, has some bubbling on the lower body panels (under the doors), a bit of exposed rust and a repair that has peeled off at the left (driver's side) rear inner fender adjacent to the rear of the car. The doors are super solid all around. The frame and undercarriage look very clean. The frame and body brackets are bright and free of rust. I have a short video of the undercarriage that I can send to a serious bidder. There is no question that this car was refurbished at one point, but I don't have any documentation of when and how much work was done.
The motor, a stock 4 cylinder looks to be intact besides the lack of a starter. Luckily, I located the old starter underneath the front seat while cleaning the interior (what a relief). I was impressed with the little motor, there weren't any loose birds nest wirings or broken components. The transmission consists of a manual 3 speed. I do know that the mechanical brake (E-brake) works.
The interior looks very presentable, there is some wear showing on the seat seems. The seats, door/rear side panels and protective floor mats are all there. The dash looks sharp with the minimal amount of gauges. My friend did mention that he remembers that the odometer would NOT mark the mileage when driving around town.
The tires, which were off the ground when I found it look good. I do not know how old they are, so I would caution doing a thorough inspection before any serious driving for safety reasons. The wheels spin freely and what an amazing turning radius these cars have. I pushed it into my garage with my 11 year old son at the helm. The wood spokes are faded, but look very strong. The steering rods, connectors and rods are not sloppy at all.
The electrical wiring looks good, doesn't look like mice had a field day chewing them up.
The windshield is in great condition, everything is in working order. I can't imagine driving in the rain and manually operating the wiper at the same time, the good old days.
I have the convertible top brackets and an older top, which will obviously be included with the car.
As of Wednesday October 24, I was able to bench test the starter and it works great. The battery was charged, the headlights, rear light, dash illuminates and the horn works. I installed the starter and noticed that there were a few teeth missing on the flywheel gear. I cranked the engine by hand to pass the void and the engine/fan turns with the starter, but she doesn't fire up. Checking the electrical wiring I noticed that the coil does not have power, so I'm assuming the coil is bad. Still working on listening to the old bugger sputter back to life!
Wait there is more, the previous owner gave me a ton of major parts that come with the Willys. For example; another solid frame, drivetrain, differential, steering column, flywheel and misc. smaller parts. It's not like you can find these parts at Pep Boys, so I know someone that is really a Willys Overland enthusiast is going to appreciate this deal!
All the information provided above is my overall opinion of this car, please feel free to inspect the car in person and or send a third party inspection company to make sure you're getting what you paid for. The car is being sold as is, whether I get her started or not!
As for the auction details, this is a private person to person transaction. I'm NOT a dealer, I just appreciate classic cars. There is a $1,000 deposit due upon winning. The winning bidder is responsible for all shipping arrangements and costs. Please keep in mind that all of the extra parts are heavy and bulky, so keep that in mind when you are considering the transport details.
The car will not be released until I receive full payment in cash, Paypal or bank wire. I will be available to assist the transporter at any time of the day. I can safely store the car in my residential garage if you want to save money waiting for a transporter or need to save up for shipping as long as the car is completely paid off. I will send the winner the Bill of Sale while we wait.
Considering the fact that these Overlands are appreciated all around the world, I will accept bids outside the United States. I never do because of past scam attempts, but as long as the monies are paid in full we can conduct business.
Again, this is a very classic Willys Overland that can be a parade cruiser with minimal work or a great candidate for a better than factory restoration. Please take into consideration that these Overlands don't come up for sale very often, so buy it now if you want it! Most importantly, feel free to contact me on my cell phone, (203)521-7 eight 5 eight, if you have any questions or just want to share some wisdom about these antiques. Please let me know if you need videos or more pictures of specific areas.
Thanks,
Louie


Used
“A very desirable antique vehicle nearly 100 years old that can be enjoyed as is with a bit of elbow grease. These Willys Overland don't come up for sale very often, so read the description carefully and look at all the photographs to see if this is YOUR next prewar classic. Comes with a plethora of major and hard to find parts.”
Year: 1922 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 235271
Mileage: 12345 Interior Color: Black
Make: Willys Number of Cylinders: 4
Model: Model 4 Transmission: Manual
Trim: Touring Body Type: Convertible
Engine: 4 cylinder Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Drive Type: RWD Vehicle Title: Clear
Fuel Type: Gasoline Sub Model: 4A
For Sale By: Private Seller Exterior Color: Red