1955 Willys Jeep restomod given the chassis and drivetrain from a Wrangler
Isn't that a bit like your grandfather wearing your hoodie and cap?
This 1955 Willys Jeep, what's left of it, was extensively modded with components sourced directly from a modern Wrangler and that, if you ask me, feels a bit unnatural. It's like your granddad borrowing your hoodie and your New Era cap. Is it just me? Anyway, the Willys you see here was imported to the United States from Alberta, Canada and was sold on Bring a Trailer for a goodly sum, we'll get to that in a minute, in Portland.
Under the 1955 (technically) body, you'll find the chassis and the drivetrain from a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited so the first thing we know about it is this Willys is likely to be more reliable and easier to use on a daily basis. The engine in question is an all-purpose 3.6-liter Pentastar, paired with an RIPP supercharger to give it some extra oomph and a five-speed automatic with a two-speed transfer case.
The exterior was comprehensively restored with the addition of Poison Spider bumpers, a wide body kit with metallic copper paint with a black roof, a modified hood for the engine. And then we've got new taillights, power steps, new headlights and a long list of other components including 17-inch wheels with 35-inch Toyo C/T Open Country tires.
The interior will probably be met with mixed reviews and feelings because once you step inside, it becomes clear that this is a Wrangler more than it is a Willys. The dashboard has Wrangler written all over it, same as the center console, and even though the door panels and headliner are original, they've been completely reupholstered and altered and I'm not sure they work as a whole.. The seats are quite nice, with vintage brown and black leather.
So how much? The car has done 26,000 miles and it comes with documentation and an Idaho title and it was sold for $120,000. That's a lot of cash. I do like the exterior but I'm not sure I appreciate the interior A, because it sort of clashes with the rest of the car and B, because the cabin in the Wrangler is quite dull in the first place. What do you say?