Willys-Overland is best known for its military Jeep produced en masse during World War II. But it also manufactured cars both before and after the war, including this 1927 Overland Whippet.
The Whippet was designed in part by Willys-Overland-Crossley, the company's British subsidiary, which led to distinctively European styling. It was the smallest American car on the market in 1927, and gained a reputation for being light and fast -- just like the canine breed for which it was named.
In fact, the Whippet was such a hot seller in the late 1920s that it briefly propelled Willys-Overland into third place among U.S. automakers behind Ford and Chevrolet.
The Whippet was advanced for its time, featuring brakes on all four wheels for better stopping, a water pump for better engine cooling, and innovative engine oiling systems for better durability. This example is an open-bodied touring car, also dubbed a phaeton. This particular car is a right-hand-drive model manufactured for the export market, mostly likely Australia. We're not sure how it ended up back in the U.S., but we're happy it's here.
This example has been fully restored to a high standard. Newer paint is in great condition, and the interior has been refinished and reupholstered in correct materials. The car has been converted to a 12-volt negative ground electrical system (if you've ever tried to work on a 6-volt positive earth system you'll understand why), and the original trouble-prone vacuum fuel delivery system has been upgraded to an electric fuel pump. It starts much more quickly and reliably than a 6-volt system. Aside from those minor updates, everything under the hood remains completely stock.
The car represents an excellent value when compared to other restores marques from the same era. If you're interested in learning more, give us a call at 404-692-5250.
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