RealRides of WNY - Jeep CJ-5

This Willys Jeep CJ-5, seen at the 2ndAnnual Cruisin’ at the Crossroadscar cruise at the Crossroads Christian Church in East Aurora, isfrom somewhere in the mid-1950s to 1963 (notes were taken that day, and notes were lost!). One clue is the “Willys” logo on the tailgate. Willys-Overland sold Jeep to Kaiser in 1963, so it’s no newer than that. Another clue is the dealer sti

RealRides of WNY - 1942 Jeep

The 1942 Willys MBplayed a key role in World War II, its reliability and agility endearing it to both GIs and our allies. Cartoonist Bill Mauldin featured the Jeep in many of his Willie and Joepanels, including the one at the bottom of this page which is said to be his favorite. The MB was produced from 1941-45 by the Willys-Overland Corp. Gen. George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff during WWI

RealRides of WNY - Willys Jeep, c1946

Came across this vintage, 1940s-looking Willys Jeep Universala couple of summers ago while bicycling through Amherst. The post-war Jeeps were marketed by Willys-Overland as “The Universal Jeep for the Peacetime World.”Seems like W-O wasn’t still completely sold on the vehicle’s name, as their 1949 brochure keeps referring to it as the “Jeep” (their quotes, not m

RealRides of WNY (on the road) - Willys Sedan Delivery

The Willys Sedan Deliverywas introduced by Willys-Overland for model year 1946 (styling would seem to indicate that this one is pre-1953), complementing the pickup and station wagon versions which W-O hoped would draw more customers into their showrooms. Seems like a good move, as these Jeep trucks, as they’re more commonly called, stayed in production until 1962. The introduction of Jeep&rs

RealRides of WNY - Willys Jeep, c1965

First thing I thought when I came across this c1965 Willys Jeep was “Park it like you mean it!” No plates or reg sticker tell me it’s probably not going anywhere for awhile, so I really like the way it’s sitting out front of an East Aurora repair shop, looking like it’s raring to go. Willys (pronounced “WILL-is”, the name stamped on the tailgate, was the m


WILLIE AND JOE WOULD APPROVE… JEEP’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY WRANGLERby Jim Corbran, Automotive ColumnistThe first thought that came to mind when I read about Jeep’s Commemorative Wrangler 75th Anniversary Salute Concept Vehicle was “What would Willie and Joe think?”Willie and Joe were two recurring characters in Bill Mauldin’s Up Front, a World War II editorial cart