Willys Tail Fins – Willys built great American automobiles for almost 40 years before it ever built the first Jeep. In 1907 John North Willys formed the Willys-Overland Co. in Toledo, OH. By 1918 Willys was the second largest automobile company in the United States. The 1930s were a time of financial troubles for Willys. In the 1940s Willys built Jeeps for the Military during World War II. Willys postponed returing to passenger cars after WWII. Instead they built the popular Jeep truck, Jeep Wagon and Jeepster (1948-1951) vehicles instead. Then in 1952 Willys introduced the Aero-Willys and they had unusual tailfins.
1952 Willys Tail Fins
In 1952 Willys-Overland Motors produced the $1731.00 Aero-Lark two door sedan, $1989.00 Aero-Wing two door sedan, $2074.00 Aero Ace two door sedan and the $2155.00 Aero Eagle hardtop coupe.
1953 Willys Tail Fins
Returning was this 1953 Willys Aero Eagle hard top. In 1953 two and four door Aero Ace and Larks were built by Willys. New for 1953 was a two and four door Aero Falcon sedans.
1954 Willys Tail Fins
The 1954 Willys was a 1953 Willys with larger tail lights. However, the Willys line up did expand in 1954 with more models such as the new Custom. In 1954 Willys-Oveland was purchased by Henry-Kaiser and formed The Kaiser Willys Corporation.
1955 Willys Tail Fins
In 1955 the Willys Aero was dropped. New models included the four door Ace, two and four door Custom and two Bermuda hardtops. One of the Bermuda hardtops was a station wagon. The last Willys passenger car was built in 1955. Willys then shipped the Aero’s tooling to Brazil, where it was built from 1960 to 1962. The Kaiser Willys Corporation changed its name in 1963 to Kaiser-Jeep Corporation and the Willys name disappeared from the American automobile market.