1946 Willys Models Described In Detail

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General Year Information

The 1946 Willys was introduced in July 1946.  This Jeep Station Wagon was Willy’s first foray into civilian-like vehicles. Its uniqueness and versatility resulted in 6,533 being sold in the abbreviated year.  Production peaked at 6,533 units. Calendar year sales of 6,533 cars were recorded. W.M. Canaday was the chief executive officer of the company this year. Station wagons and panel delivery trucks were added to the line this year.

Chassis Information

  • Wheelbase: 104 inches
  • Overall length: 174 inches
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  • Tires: 6.00 x 15 tube-type blackwall

Models Offered

In 1946, Willys introduced an all-steel, truck-type, station wagon, using the tried and true 134-cubic inch “Go Devil” four-cylinder engine and a 104-inch wheelbase chassis. It was significant in that it was the first true all-steel station wagon offered by US manufacturers, though it was considered more of a truck than a car. It was Willys’ first car-type vehicle since the pre-war years.

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Serial Numbers were located on the plate at the left of the driver’s seat on the floor riser and were 10001 to 16534.  The Engine Number was the same as the Serial Number and was located on the top of the water pump boss at the front of the engine block.

Inline L-head four-cylinder. Cast iron block. Displacement: 134.2 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.13 x 4.38 inches. Compression ratio: 6.48:1. Horsepower: 63 @t 4000 RPM. Torque: 105 @ 2000 RPM. Solid valve lifters. Three main bearings. Carburetion: Carter WAI-613S single-barrel.

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Engine Options and Availability

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Power Train Options

  • Three-speed manual transmission with overdrive was standard. Heavy-duty air cleaner.

Willy 1946 Production Numbers

Model No. Body Type & Seating Price Weight Production
Willys Station Wagon Model 463
463 2-dr Station Wagon-5P $1,495 2898 6,533
Total Production 6,533

Body Paint Color Codes

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Other Significant Options

  • Fog lamps
  • Front bumper guards.
  • Wheel trim rings.
  • Rear bumper guards.
  • Spot light.

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