Jaw dropping 1941 topless custom restomod
In the 1930s and 1940s, the hot rod movement produced a number of attractive and potent automobiles. The Americar was a one-of-a-kind hot rod that single-handedly saved the Overland company from bankruptcy. Willys produced some of the most recognizable automobiles.
To construct 500 automobiles, J.N. Willys offered Overland a check for $10,000. After viewing the company, he saw it required more funding, so he provided it with funding so it could continue operating and finish its production line. The last cars made up until 1952 were the models from 1941–1942.
This 1941 Willys Swoopster Topless custom coupe features a Dennis Taylor Body and a Dennis Taylor custom chassis with a 4-link rear end and tubular front suspension that carries a full air ride adjustable suspension all around.
1941 Willys Americar: Performance Specs
The 1941 Willys Americar featured an SV I-4 134.2 cubic inch engine. It provided a moderate 63 horsepower, which offered enough power to perform admirably. It was smaller than some muscle cars. The wheelbase was only 104 inches, and it had a length of 170 inches. It weighed between 2,116 to 2,512 pounds. The 1941 Americar saw the production of 22,000 units. The 1942 version only manufactured 7,000 units.
1941 Willys Swoopster Topless Custom Restomod
Built by a professional Hot Rod Shop, under the hood is a completely customized engine bay housing a GM 454ci big-block crate engine backed by a new 4-speed automatic transmission with 150 test miles.
This ride features massive Billet Specialties wheels with polished 4-wheel disc brakes and drilled rotors as well as a polished stainless exhaust with a hand-crafted rear tip. Finished with a custom airbrushed exterior the custom leather interior features a custom dash.”
The vehicle’s interior features rounded gauges, chrome accents and an emphasis on simplicity and function. All the gauges you need are spread out conveniently on the dashboard. Step inside, and you’ll quickly understand how this vehicle was designed for touring.
The cabin provides a certain ambience that takes you back in time. A properly restored version should have a body-matched dashboard, plush seating, and a comfortably wrapped steering wheel. The interior is large and roomy and designed with comfort in mind.
A highlight of the vehicle is the high-end yet stealth install of the car audio system. The audiophile quality system goes somewhat visually unnoticed as it is integrated into the interior with the head unit flush-mounted in the dash.
There is a double-din head unit with a subwoofer mounted flawlessly behind the drivers seat. In addition, there are custom kick panel speaker which seamlessly blend into the floor of the vehicle. The tweeters are installed higher in the door for better staging and look completely factory.
A Dennis Taylor body and a Dennis Taylor custom chassis with a 4-link rear end. Tubular front suspension that carries a full air ride adjustable suspension all around is featured on this 1941 Willys Swoopster Topless custom coupe.
Body features include remote suicide doors, remote power trunk, Mini Cooper headlights, and billet grill. With special attention to detail and no-expenses-spared, the polished stainless steel 3-inch exhaust is threaded in and out of the frame and exits thru the rear bumper.
This ride features massive Billet Specialties wheels with polished 4-wheel disc brakes and drilled rotors as well as a polished stainless exhaust with a hand-crafted rear tip.
Finished with a custom airbrushed exterior the custom leather interior features a custom dash. This restomod has been to a handful of car shows and is always recognized with top awards.
The 1941 Willys Americar was the company’s last attempt at creating a civilian vehicle. The company then moved to full-time production of military vehicles. This is the big reason for why the company stopped manufacturing vehicles until 1952. It’s also notable for the powerful engine that really rocks the vehicle when it’s idling.
While the vehicle originally sold for just $700 in 1941, a properly maintained version of the vehicle will likely set you back $70,000 to $149,000 today. It’s a vehicle that has maintained its value well, and it’s certain to be a valued item in any serious collector’s garage. Celebrities like Reggie Jackson own a 1941 Willys.