Nothing Says "Old School" Like a Willys Truck
Willys has the distinction of manufacturing trucks, cars and jeeps, mostly for military use, starting very early in the 20th century. Although the company began by making passenger vehicles, it found its niche and performed a valuable service by producing military jeeps during World War II. In 1941, the company changed its focus slightly and began turning out military jeeps for the War department.
In 1908, John Willys established his company, and before World War I the company had almost as many vehicles on the road as Ford Motor Company. The company fell on hard times with much of the rest of the country during the Great Depression and started building smaller, more efficient cars for the general public.
During World War II, however, the Willys company won a bid from the War department to supply jeeps for the needs of the military. Beginning in 1941, this company shared this task with a couple of other companies and went through several manifestations in its history.