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Jim’s Proto-SUV could be yours if you can get home from Nebraska

Alan Cesar August 11, 2016 All Things Hoon 6 Comments


If you ever wanted a reason to visit Lincoln, Nebraska other than the SCCA Solo Nationals and their plethora of pylon puns, a nondescript used-car lot has a Chevy-powered Willys Overland 4×4 Sport Wagon for you. One of their long-time employees, Jim, apparently has quite a collection of cars and they’re helping him sell them off one by one. This not-quite-flat-black two-door Willys wagon caught our attention. It’s got metal everywhere and is purt’near guaranteed to make the 50 mile round-trip to Greenwood, Nebraska. Any further than that and all bets are off. Especially if it rains.


That 50-mile trip was apparently Jim’s most recent journey with Willy (which is what we’re calling the car, though the ad doesn’t specify a name), taken after recently installing a new clutch kit ahead of the four-speed manual. Apparently the 327-cube Chevy up front could use a tune-up and a set of plugs, but otherwise runs well.


You might want to get the wipers fixed before taking a long trip, and don’t expect to set any speed records on the way home. The speedometer only goes up to 9.

(That’s a joke, you keyboard warriors.)


It’s all utility inside and clearly Jim wasn’t in the high-end restoration business, so you don’t have to worry much about runing klassik. Just give it a good cleaning and start hauling parts, cars, parts cars, and… well, is there anything else you could do with a truck?


No, I can’t think of anything else either.


The body looks reasonably straight and looks light on rust, which is remarkable enough for a vehicle this old, nevermind one that lives in the Midwest. The red wheels are a nice accent on what is otherwise a mostly straightforward tractor-like four-by-four.



Get your Jeepy grins for a mere $3500 at Star City Auto Sales in Lincoln, Nebraska, via this Craigslist ad. If you’re heading West on the way home, stop by Murphy’s Wagon Wheel in Hastings (population: 25,000) for the most delicious burgers in the damn world.

[Photos courtesy Star City Auto Sales]

  • dukeisduke

    Are the Mark III and the Reatta part of his collection, too?

  • I’m about 200 miles away from this, but no thanks — all I can see are the nickles and dimes. So many nickles and dimes.

    • Alan Cesar

      But it’s certain to make it at least 1/4 of the way home under its own power!

    • Alff

      After the VW, I’m never going to Lincoln for a car again.

  • dead_elvis, inc.

    My commute is short enough that I could DD this, and I have light truck- and truck-adjacent needs on a regular basis at work.

    The drive from there to here would be mighty unpleasant though, and I already took June off to do a road trip this year.

  • Alan Cesar

    The nice* thing about Lincoln, Nebraska is that it’s centrally located in the country. That also means it’s equally FAR from practically everyone.

    *not really a nice thing at all.