Resto-mod 1950 Willys Jeep wagon

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Resto-mod 1950 Willys Jeep wagon | ClassicCars.com Journal
The stock Jeep body looks nicer than it ever did when new

The basic concept of a resto-mod is to have an original-looking vintage vehicle with the underpinnings, driveline and features of a modern car so you could drive it anywhere with reliability and comfort.

What makes the Pick of the Day, a 1950 Willys Jeep wagon, so interesting is that the restored body seems to be especially well-done, in original trim but brought to an impressive, better-than-factory level.

Resto-mod 1950 Willys Jeep wagon | ClassicCars.com Journal
This ‘tin woody’ really shines

Add to that a 350cid Corvette V8, 700R automatic transmission, custom frame and suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and a host of “new and professionally restored mechanicals,” and you have a Willys wagon that goes way beyond its original intent while still looking correct. And ready to drive cross-country.

“This build is so over-the-top outstanding that we can honestly say that we’ve never witnessed a Willys this unique and beautiful before; the craftsmanship is truly off the charts in every possible way,” says the Fairfield, California, dealer advertising the Jeep on ClassicCars.com. “This is a four-owner classic that has spent the vast majority of its life in California, only to be fully restored to better-than-new condition within the past couple of years.”

Resto-mod 1950 Willys Jeep wagon | ClassicCars.com Journal
The woodgrain paint was professionally applied

“This Willys was very tastefully restored by many of the best names in the business to what borders on a museum-quality exterior,” the ad continues. “Check out the partial build sheet below to understand the thousands of hours that went into this epic build.”

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The dealer describes the Jeep as having “Brilliant Blue exterior paint, immaculate woodgrain two-tone paneling and a cream vinyl interior.” The faux painted wood side panels are impressively rendered, with more than 300 hours spent on restoration by artist Dennis Price, according to the dealer.

Resto-mod 1950 Willys Jeep wagon | ClassicCars.com Journal
The white-out interior might not be to everybody’s taste

“It’s almost impossible to describe the overall beauty of the woodgrain in words – it is flawless in every sense of the word,” the dealer says. “Quite possible the nicest recreation of a ‘tin woody’ nationwide.”

The wagon is described as being totally roadworthy with just a few flaws under the hood that reveal its use. It certainly looks like an outstanding piece in the photos. The steel wheels and stock Willys hubcaps are a nice resto-mod touch.

After all this hyperbolic praise, the asking price seems reasonable at $44,900, which is most certainly way less than it took to get this Jeep into such primo condition.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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