CHEVY 502 CRATE MOTOR W/ 700R4 TRANS, MUSTANG II, 9 INCH 4 LINK REAR, NICE ROD!
This 1941 Willys is the kind of car that scares off a lot of potential buyers before they can finish the deal. You can love the look and the build quality, but until you experience all 502 horsepower trying to rip up the pavement under those rear tires, you just don't know if you're man enough to drive it. But if you are, there definitely aren't many rides that are more entertaining than this one.
With 1941 Willys coupes becoming as scarce as dinosaurs, it's a good thing that Show Me Rods stepped up to put fresh fiberglass replicas into circulation. This one was professionally finished, smoothed, and modified with shaved door handles and a pair of LED taillights, essentially boiling the Willys down to its bare essence. Once everything was in order, multiple coats of the stunning Sunburst Orange paint went on. Then 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 9300 miles), and if there's a car that will draw a crowd at the local cruise night, this is it. Fortunately, it's also got the stones to back up the wicked look, but we'll get to that in a moment.
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 beautifully stitched leather hides. The tan 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 center console is the highlight of the entire passenger compartment, accented with a trick shifter for the 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Upgrades include power windows, remote door poppers, Vintage Air heat and A/C, and an overhead console with the AM/FM/CD stereo head unit neatly installed. VDO supplied the beautiful white-faced gauges and there's a polished tilt steering column that makes it easy to get comfortable. In back, despite the massive wheel tubs, there's a fairly spacious trunk with custom upholstery that matches the interior.
The massive 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. It's a tight fit in the pointed engine bay, but they added plenty of flash in the form of a chrome air cleaner, polished valve covers with '502' emblems, and a block painted to match the bodywork. As you undoubtedly already know, these are easy-running powerplants with good street manners and it never gets cranky thanks to a giant radiator up front. The engine is backed by a fresh 700R4 4-speed automatic feeding a 9-inch Ford rear end that was also painted to match the body. Tubular A-arms with rack-and-pinion steering make up the front suspension, while the rear is a 4-link with coil-over shocks all around. Beautiful aluminum wheels have a vintage Torque Thrust look and wear massive 20-inch Dunlop radials that give it that wicked stance.
When you take this car out for a drive, just make sure it's pointed where you want it to go before stomping the loud pedal. Just because this Willys is pretty, that doesn't mean that it isn't also nasty fast. Call today!
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- Build Receipts
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Air Conditioning
- Leather Seats
- Tilt Wheel
- Coil-Over Suspension
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Windows
- Remote Door Openers
- Restoration Photos
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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