A rare sight today is an unmodified Willys 77. Rarer still would be a panel truck or sedan delivery like the two seen above in this August 20, 1936 photo shot at Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park in Vancouver, B.C. The Packard parts chaser on the right and in the right thumbnail (below) appears to wear factory coachwork, while the other has a decidedly British look to it. Although the arched side window and raised roof echo designs from across the pond, we suspect it’s the product of a Canadian firm. Any input from our readers about it’s origins would be most welcome.
The article from the January 7, 1933 issue of Automotive Industries that starts in the center thumbnail (above) and is continued below goes into great detail about the mechanical features of this little economy car, not the least of which is it’s all-steel body construction. Also of note is their description of the six cylinder Willys 99, a model that we were previously unaware of.
You can learn more about the Willys 77 designer Amos Northup and his other work on Hemmings Daily. Today’s image by Stuart Thomson is courtesy of the City of Vancouver. Many more photos of the 1933-1936 Willys Model 77 can be seen in the photo gallery at the Willys-Overland Knight Registry.