In 1908, John Willy, a businessman, made a purchase that changed history when he bought the Overland Automotive portion of The Standard Wheel Company. An American Company, now with a new name, Willys- Overland Motors, the company quickly became the second largest automobile producer in Amercia second only to the Ford Motor Company.
According to owner Bob Cook of Badjeros, owner of this 1940 Willys Hot Rod, Willys were originally built before the war as overland vehicles. Cook says, “ There were at one time 500,000 jeeps and they were Ford’s biggest competitor for this sort of vehicle.”
Having discovered this long time neglected vehicle which had been stored in a barn for 30 years, Cook began his labor of love restoring the vehicle. It has a 350 crate General Motor-
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Ron Passer of Tottenham is the proud owner of this 1957 Buick Caballero, one of ninety-seven ever made. The rebuild for this project required four years and two separate vehicles from Nevada and California to produce this beauty and bring her back to her former glory.
“It has a 454 big block racket and pinion,” said Passer proudly and continued, “It has an all custom interior, 4 wheel disc break, air suspension and it’s Viper Red!” Viper red is a striking color of choice for this vehicle, now restored to brilliance.
Bob Heasman of Meaford hasn’t attended a car show with one of his vehicles in 15 years. Taking his car, a 1960 Chevrolet, ‘Great Balls Of Fire,’ out of retirement to attend the Oatman’s Classic Car Show was a truly enjoyable experience for him and for the crowd as well.
A sight to behold is this rare 1936 Singer owned by Shawn Currie. According to Currie, Singer, a British Company was purchased by Rootes. Currie was attracted to this vehicle because of its uniqueness. “It’s different,” said Currie. “ I just wish I knew more about this particular car. The original owner passed away and I guess I’ll never know its whole story.”
A word to the wise from a fellow car lover noting just how important history is and how easily it can be lost. While Currie might know the history of his vehicle before he owned it, he is making history today and we get to share in it as readers of Motoring and visitors to Classic Car Shows!