Willys Aero

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Willys Aero
1952 Aero Ace
Automotive industryWillys-Overland Motors
AssemblyToledo, Ohio
Car classificationCompact car
Car body style2-door Hardtop
2-door Sedan (car)
4-door sedan
Internal combustion engine134 in³ Hurricane I4
161 in³ Lightning I6
161 in³ Hurricane F6
226 in³ Continental straight six engine I6
Transmission (mechanics)3-speed manual
3-speed manual + overdrive
4-speed Hydramatic
Wheelbase108 inches
Length183 inches
Height60 inches
Automotive designPhilip Wright
Willys Aero
Automotive industryWillys-Overland do Brasil S.A.
AssemblySao Paulo, Brazil
Car body style4-door sedan
4-door limousine
Internal combustion engine161 in³ Hurricane I6
Automotive designfacelifted by Brooks Stevens

The Willys Aero was a line of Car manufactured first by Willys-Overland and later by Kaiser-Willys Corporation from 1952 through 1955. Lark and Eagle models were built from 1952-1954. A Wing model was available only in 1952, a Falcon model in 1953, and a taxicab in very limited production in 1953 and 1954. The Ace was the only model built through all United States production. 1955 saw two new models, the two- and four-door Ace sedans (renamed Custom shortly into the production run) and two-door hardtop Bermuda. Production in the U.S.A. ended that year as Henry J. Kaiser decided to give up the Kaiser and Willys Aero lines and concentrate solely on Jeeps. A total of 91,377 Aeros were built in Toledo.[1]

Production was moved to Brazil from 1960-1972 with Aero, 2600, Itamaraty, and Executivo models. (The Willys Aero was sold through Ford do Brasil dealerships until production ceased where the US Ford Maverick (North America) replaced the Aero.) 116,967 were built.[1]

Toledo-built models were available with four engine options, the F4-134 Hurricane, the L6-161 Lightning, the F6-161 Hurricane, and the Continental straight six engine. The four-cylinder was used only in Aero Lark and was only exported. Brazilian models were available only with the F6-161, available in 90, 110, and 132 hp variants.


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