when the abbreviation SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) was as alien as UFO, Willys -the maker of Jeep which were used by the military in world war 2- came up with what would become our modern SUV look and called it the Jeep Station Wagon. It was designed in the mid-1940s by industrial designer Brooks Stevens. Willys did not make their own bodies and has also limited finances, so Brooks designed bodies that could be built by sheet metal fabricators who normally made parts for household appliances.
Made by a company called Neo which I read uses resin in their models although I am not quite familiar on how to determine the difference between die cast and resin. I’ve researched but did not get much info about this company but for the price I paid they are probably categorized as a high end model company.
I bought this at American Excellence (an online store) at the time they were having a sale so I did saved a few bucks.
This model has very good detail and looks almost real as shown above.
My mom used to have a used Willys Station Wagon as a company car after it was already phased out years ago and I have fond memories of it growing up so I ordered this replica as a remembrance of that previous 1:1 car.
Below is the comparison between the US made Willys Station Wagon and the Japan made Mitsubishi Jeep licensed by Willys which I featured in a previous blog.
Looks almost the same in length but there are some differences. The Willys comes in 2 doors while Mitsubishi has 4. What’s ironic is the front of the Mitsubishi looks like the traditional WW2 jeep while Willys is totally different.
Below is an ad of the Jeep. While the Neo model indicates it as a 1954, the looks and 2 tone paint is similar to the Maverick special (based on the TV series of the same name, of which Willys was a sponsor) which was introduced in 1958.