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Drop-Top Willys: 1918 Overland Model 90

1918 Willys left side

This Overland is powered by a 4 cylinder 179 cubic inch straight 4 that produces 32 horsepower at 2,000 rpm. It might not sound like a lot of power, but remember, this car is nearly 100 years old! It’s listed here on eBay, and parked in Cincinnati, Ohio with no bids at the time of writing and a starting bid of, drum roll please, $10,600. 

1918 Willys engine

The owner believes all the parts needed to restore this car are included in the purchase. There are two engines and “the paint mix figures to finish this car”.

1918 Willys dash

We don’t know the date that the images were taken. These could be recent or old. As far as the owner can tell, there are boxes of parts, wood wheels and the windshield to finish this project.

1918 Willys front

The owner states that this is a garaged vehicle and the body is in great condition. There is a steering wheel frame, wood spoke wheels and the lights are included with the puchase. There is no mention if the furs and plush toy are in the deal or an option. We might pass on those items, especially if it brings the price down. The owner believes that this project is about 60% complete. What do you think? Is it worth finishing?



  1. Avatar photo The Walrus

    I think it is about 10-20 years too late for a project of this scale to bring a 5 figure price. This is definitely one I feel should be brought back to OE status (unlike the Model A a few days ago). Rare. Yes. Worthy/Interesting project. Yes. People still alive that remember when this thing was new. 0. People interested in taking on Pre WWII project cars… declining daily.

    I also think I have a hard time with ‘60% along’. 6% perhaps. Anything sitting for what appears to be an extended period without proper precautions pretty much needs to be refinished again. Since you’ll be taking it all apart anyway, may as well see everything that may be hiding. So, in reality, since it’s partly together and has to be taken apart again, it is actually somewhere less than 0% along.

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  2. Avatar photo Matt Tritt

    No mention of upholstery or top bows and hardware. Could be quite overpriced if the hard to find stuff is missing.

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  3. Avatar photo DREW V.

    I think the owner got mixed up and it’s 60% complete and he believes it to be restorable… Lack of pics and shoddy narrative makes his 10K price about 6K too much… Sure it would be a cool ride to redo but you have to be sensible about what you’re putting your money into…

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  4. Avatar photo grant

    It’s neat but way too much. A Google search finds a lot of nice pictures that shows how much is missing g, unless it’s just not shown.

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