The Willys Wagon model was assembled in Brazil by Willys Overland do Brasil from 1956. In 1958 the vehicle was named “Rural Willys,” and there were no main external differences with respect to the american same year model, the biggest technical implementation being the Willys F-161 engine. This engine was previously used in the american Aero Willys model. In 1960, the model was modified to an all exclusive new design proposed by the american designer Steven Brooks. From this same year, both 4×2 and 4×4 traction options were available and 100% of the components were from Brazilian national production. Between 1969 and 1977, the Rural Willys´ production was carried out by Ford do Brasil, a company that had bought the control of Willys do Brazil in 1969. In 19 years, about 182 thousand units were produced, what makes the Rural one of the most well known vehicles in Brazil. Lots are still employed in heavy jobs, mainly in the interior regions of the country. We can also see a few number of Rural Willys well preserved like collection automobiles during some tours and specialized expositions. The examples showed in the picture were produced in 1960. The gray one is 4×2 and the brown one 4×4. They belong to Luiz Halila and Gustavo Halila and are the favorite classic cars of the family from Curitiba, south of Brazil, who also owns one 1968 Rural Willys, a 1976 Ford Pickup and a 1973 Ford Rural.
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