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Pick of the Day: Different twist on the hot rod

The 1922 Overland rod has straight-6 powerplant


With this being the 90th anniversary of the classic ’32 Ford hot rod, look for prices of those vehicles to get a bump as celebrations are held at car shows across the country.

It turns out, however, that you can have a hot rod without going to the extremes of the ’32 Ford. The Pick of the Day is a hot-rodded 1922 Overland, and it’s private owner in Sacramento, California, is offering it for what seems a reasonable $16,995.

Among the things making this hot rod more affordable while still quite rare is its conversion on an Overland chassis and, instead of a flathead Ford V8 or even a small-block Chevy V8, the builder opted for an inline 6-cylinder engine from General Motors. 

Overland was founded in 1903 in Terre Haute, Indiana, by Claude Cox, a graduate of the local Rose Polytechnic Institute and an employee of the Standard Wheel Company. Cox relocated his automaking enterprise to Indianapolis in 1905. Three years later, Overland was purchased by John North Willys and became part of his newly renamed Willys-Overland company based in Toledo, Ohio.

For the 1922 model year, Overlands were offered in 3- or 5-passenger configurations, with roadsters, coupes and sedans each powered by a 4-cylinder engine rated at 27 horsepower. 

The seller says this hot rod has steel coachwork and frame from a 1922 Overland while the GM engine is mated to a 2-speed “power-glide” transmission. The ad does not specific which GM inline 6 is used, nor does it include displacement or power rating.

Nonetheless, an Overland hot rod with an inline 6 should draw at lot of curious interest displayed among the flock of ’32 Ford V8s.

“This Overland sports a fresh custom-built frame, steel body, custom headers, and much more,” the seller assures. “The vehicle runs and drives perfectly and makes excellent power and torque.”

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

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Nothing sounds quite a good as a straight six with split manifold or straight headers. Nice job and I commend him on not taking the “conventional” route.

  2. Much rather have this ’22 Overland over a ’32 Ford. Rarely do you see one of these & with an inline 6 ? Coolness overload.

  3. Smart guy–It’s more user friendly–& in 10yrs when gas is $10.00 or more a gallon you’ll still be able to afford to drive it–Easier to service -Plus it still has enough power to lose your license-


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