Founded in 1903, the Overland Automobile Company was an
early pioneer in the development and manufacture of American motor cars. In 1908, Overland was acquired by John North
Willys and renamed Willys-Overland in 1912.
By 1915, Willys-Overland was 2nd in U.S. car production right behind Ford. The 1920 models were known for their rugged durability due
to their all-steel body and the ride was enhanced by the patented Triplex front
suspension. The L-head 4 Cylinder power unit which developed 27 hp was, in
fact, the direct ancestor of the notable Jeep engine, produced 21 years later. While the Overland namesake was
dropped in 1926, the name was revived in 2002 and applied to the high end Jeep
Grand Cherokee Overland.
The 1920 Willys-Overland presented at auction is a very fine
restored example. Having resided in the
dry climate of Wyoming for most of its existence, this car had a solid beginning
in its restoration. The 4 Cylinder
L-head engine runs smooth and the engine compartment is worthy of review. While the original engine crank is present,
the car is equipped with factory electric start. The undercarriage is restored to original
retaining the patented front suspension and mechanical braking system producing
consistent stopping on command.
The body is smooth and the black paint presents very well. The top is brand new as are the side curtains
that fit extremely well. The vinyl
windows are crystal clear and provides great visibility. The interior upholstery looks great with the
seats and the door trim new when restored.
The wood wheels appear original to the car and the spokes
are tight. The timeless appeal of the
car is capped off by the Overland hubcaps!
This car is ready to cruise and enjoy with the same fervor it was
originally used for nearly 100 years ago!!