Topic: Rally Classic Car Tour
Willys Overland: The chariot of the liberators
The mighty Jeep vehicle played an extraordinary role in history even during its first years in World War II.
Participate in our Overland Estanciera Station Wagon Tour?we invite our readers to imagine the wonderful feeling of touring the adventurous Argentine routs aboard a classic 4WD. When in England, tour aboard a Land Rover, when in Argentina, do what classy Argentines do, tour aboard an Overland Estanciera Station Wagon built in the 1950?s.
Arriving to the world?s southernmost country brings upon fantasies and dreams. The broad lands of Patagonia that bewitch travellers from all latitudes, with which celebrities such as Ted Turner and Sylvester Stalone have fallen in love with? The gorgeous Andes sites in the middle of altitude valleys and millenary cultures captured the heart of anonymous visitors in the same way as Donald Hess felt he had found his place in the world. Buenos Aires and its estancia-ranches, great life and gorgeous sights capture the eyes and heart kings, queens, hirers.
Get ready to enjoy the same sights and pleasures these visitors had in their frequent visits to Argentina.
Art Dealer is developing the ultimate great life Overland Estanciera Station Wagon Tour, along all these sites and places. Aboard one of Argentina?s auto industry greatest trade marks, you?ll get to experience the true feel of our unspoiled paradises, best hotels and true amazing food. The best way of enjoy Argentina is as its lovers do: in style, sophistication and taking the pleasures of life.
Kaiser Frazer Willy Station Wagon
Estanciera IKA Buby
ESTANCIERA IKA1963 Jeep Willy from Argentina
Ruta 40, Route 40
Introduced a year after the first civilian Jeep vehicle the Willys-Overland all-steel station wagon is an auto industry icon and milestone. The original Jeep vehicle was born of necessity and hand-built in just seven weeks with lots of hard work and genius to fit the US Army needs back in World War 2.
The Army put out a call to automobile manufacturers asking for a running prototype for such a vehicle in just 49 days Willys Overland ended up supplying more than 330,000 units.
The evolution of the 1946 Willys Utility Vehicle has come to our days as Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, a true trademark of 4WD and utility vehicles.
The 'Jeep' station wagon had pressed steel framing and three-tone paintwork which simulated the wood look. It used Jeep running gear and MB-style front sheet metal and was designed to compete against the "real" wood wagons still being manufactured by Detroit's Big Three. The new vehicle chassis was also available in a sedan delivery truck. Four-wheel-drive would become available in these models in 1949 along with the 148 cubic-inch 'Lightening' six-cylinder engine.
The 50s saw Willys-Overland four-wheel drive all-steel station wagon develop and conquer the world, and even licensed out its manufacturing to companies in Japan and Argentina.
In 1953 Willys-Overland, the original developer of the Jeep vehicle, was sold to the Henry J. Kaiser interests for $60 million. In our country, the original Willys became Argentine Kaiser Industry –IKA- trademark under the new concept of Estanciera 4WD.
The ownership of Willys has gone a long way now… The story tells that by 1950, Willys obtained a United States Trademark Registration for the Jeep trademark. Since then, ownership of the Jeep trademark, which is also registered internationally, has passed from Willys-Overland to Kaiser to American Motors Corporation, and most recently, to Chrysler Corporation. Today, Chrysler Corporation owns over 1,100 registrations for the Jeep? trademark throughout the world.
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