Seaside in Two-Tone Sea Foam: 1960 Willys Station Wagon 4×4

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This 1960 Willys Station Wagon (chassis 5416857335) looks like it’s taking part in a Willys-Kaiser photo shoot, perched atop a small dune besides the Atlantic coast of Florida. We dig its two-tone paint as well, described as a “nice but not perfect” respray from two years ago–though factory correctness is not mentioned, these may have been the colors it wore from new. The interior has been redone to match, and power comes from a 226ci Super Hurricane L-head straight-six driving either the rear or all four wheels through a 3-speed T90 transmission and Dana 18 transfer case. Overall the truck presents as a better-than-average driver with cosmetics equally suitable to casual showing and frequent use. A recent engine and gearbox refurb, new brakes, period correct-looking tires, fresh clutch disc, 12-volt converted electrics and more are mentioned, though the wooden surfboard is just a prop–it stays with the seller, though the rack does sound to be included. Find it here on eBay in Flagler Beach, Florida with no reserve.

Produced for nearly 20 years, these Brooks Stevens-styled Willys were among the first station wagons to wear all-steel bodies–most still utilized at lest partially timbered construction. Colors are about as late 50’s/early 60’s as they come, and though unusual on such a utilitarian vehicle, it is an upmarket model, and per the linked color catalog above, these two greens may even be correct to the truck’s original spec.

Seaside in Two-Tone Sea Foam: 1960 Willys Station Wagon 4x4

Dainty taillights, a suitably plain exhaust finisher, straight sheet metal and shiny brightwork are all pluses here, though we might try the color-matched steelies without the beauty rings. Tires are reportedly fresh, and wear the right kind of tread pattern for a 4×4 of this age–details count. Note the warn locking hubs up front.

Seaside in Two-Tone Sea Foam: 1960 Willys Station Wagon 4x4

In 1960, the Stevens design was already nearly 15-years-old, and even now close to three-quarters of a century later it’s still a fine piece of pioneering industrial design. While the roof rack is included, you’ll need to find your own massively heavy wooden surfboard to pose with.

Seaside in Two-Tone Sea Foam: 1960 Willys Station Wagon 4x4

Split tailgates, now as ever, are almost always more useful than other common designs. The interior has been redone, and overall looks pretty good–that forest-y green carpet clashes with the more tropical hues of the exterior and dash though, at least to our eyes.

Seaside in Two-Tone Sea Foam: 1960 Willys Station Wagon 4x4

Fortunately, up front it’s covered up front by a new rubber mat. Underneath the carpets, floors have been patched, though the ad doesn’t include photos of this work. Models of simplicity and function-first design, the cabs of these wagons used a single, central combination gauge initially shared with the CJ3B and later the CJ5. Helpfully, three auxiliary gauges have been tucked discreetly above what looks like a factory radio. New seat covers and the matching, replaced headliner look nice, but our favorite features are the trio of trans and transfer case control levers. Sourcing an overdrive would be our first move.

Seaside in Two-Tone Sea Foam: 1960 Willys Station Wagon 4x4

Here’s the flathead six. Displacing precisely 226.2ci, these were factory rated at 115 hp and 190 lb. ft. (between 1400 and 1800 rpm), and this unit is said to have been “recently refurbished.” A new carb and fuel pump have also been fitted, and the radiator has been re-cored. A new clutch passes power to a 3-speed T90 transmission (refurbished with new syncros), a Dana 18 2-speed transfer case passes power front and back, and the brakes have also reportedly been given attention.

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