1941 Willys Coupe


1941 Willys Coupe

With 1941 Willys coupes becoming as scarce as dinosaurs, it’s a good thing that Antique & Collectable Bodyworks in Buffalo, New York stepped up to put fresh fiberglass replicas into circulation. This one was professionally finished, smoothed, and modified with shaved door handles and that trick flush-mounted taillight along the bottom of the trunk opening. Once everything was in order, multiple coats of the stunning black cherry paint went on. There was more sanding and buffing, and the result is a spectacular finish that seems to glow from within and emphasizes the coupe’s many complex curves. Up front, that pointed hood sits above a Willys “electric shaver” grille and the split rear window is a Willys design cue that dates back to the ’30s. It shows almost no signs of use (it shows just over 4600 miles, but the actual figure is less than that due to a calibration error on the speedo), and if there’s a car that will draw a crowd at the local cruise night, this is it.

You’d think that the interior would be small, but you’d be wrong. There’s actually plenty of stretch-out space for two, thanks to wide, comfortable buckets with built-in armrests. The gray upholstery is a low-key alternative to the flashy bodywork, and it makes it easy to spend a lot of time behind the wheel. A custom fabricated aluminum center console is the highlight of the entire passenger compartment, accented with neat ball-milled details and tapering into a recessed are with the secondary controls stashed out of sight. Integral power window switches, plus the controls for the Vintage Air A/C system and the Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo system. Classic Instruments supplied the beautiful stainless-faced gauges and there’s a Sun SuperTach up high in true racer fashion. In back, despite the massive wheel tubs, there’s a fairly spacious trunk with an electrically-actuated lid and full upholstery, including on the fuel cell.

The powerplant under the hood is a GM crate 502, which is legendary for both durability and prodigious power output. In the relatively lightweight Willys, performance is explosive, although the full potential of this car has never been explored; as it has never been raced. A trick aluminum air cleaner and cover add an Art-Deco look to the engine compartment, with just about everything else being stock 502 fare, although you will note an authentic Willys firewall tag that carries the car’s serial number. The engine is backed by a built 700R4 4-speed automatic feeding a 9-inch Ford rear custom narrowed with Currie axles inside and a set of 4.11 gears on a Detroit locker. Tubular A-arms with rack-and-pinion steering make up the front suspension, while the rear is a 4-link with coil-overs and Alden Eagle shocks all around. Beautiful aluminum wheels have a vintage dragster look and wear 26×7.5R15 front and 31×18.5-15 rear Hoosiers.

Year: 1941
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Make: Willys
Vehicle Title: Clear
Engine: 502 V8
Options: Leather Seats, CD Player
Mileage: 4,686
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Power Windows Exterior
Color: Gray
Doors: 2
Transmission: Automatic
Cylinders: 8-Cyl.
Body Type: Coupe

Item location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

 

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