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Willys 8-80, 8-80D, 8-88 & 8-88A 1930-'33


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This is peripherally related to Willys-Knights.  Perusing the Standard Catalog "Willys-Knight" topic, listed for 1930 is a Willys 8-80, 120"wheelbase, Continental engine model 14W, 245.4 ci L-head straight eight are noted as introduced in April 1930.  The model is continued into 1931 as the 8-80D, 120" wb, same body selection as the 66B, identically priced.  The 8-80D continues in 1932, is supplemented with an 8-88 (Silver Streak) on 121" wb same body selection as the first series 1932 66D but with a roadster added.  The second series 1932 66D had its body selection reduced to only two, a Custom sedan and Custom Victoria.   Finally, for 1933, the 8-88A (Streamline) reduces to only a coupe and sedan, the W-K 66E to only a sedan.

 

Being interested in the most obscure of the obscure, can someone enlighten us on these rare Willys models: do sales number exist for these and the 66B, D and E?   Its well known that W-O was hit hard by the deepening Depression, continuing these two middle-priced car series must have had some degree of positive response to continue them as long as they did.  So, if you are knowledgeable about these, please share it with us.   

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I just ran across this post.  Brand new here, but a long term Willys Overland Knight Registry Member.  

 

I am very familiar with sleeve valve engines from Willys Overland line of products.  I own a '27 Willys Knight 70A cabriolet Coupe.  In addition I own the one and only known 1933 Willys  Model 8-88A.  This car has been registered to the W.O.K.R. consistently since 1975 and I am currently the 5th owner.  The Willys 8-88 was 1932 year model and there are currently about half dozen known, so still extremely rare.  My 8-88A is currently under restoration.

 

The model 66E Willys Knight was a single year production as was the Willys 8-88A.  The two vehicles were literally identical with the exception of Willys Knight having the double sleeve valve  6 cylinder 87 HP engine while the Willys had a flathead straight 8 rated at 80 HP.  The only other difference was badging and a slightly different radiator shell insert grill.

 

Attached pics are of 1933 Willys Knight 66E (brown car) and 1933 Willys 8-88A Black and white pics1484136928_mirrorcarsWillysKnight-Willys.thumb.jpg.0b17dddd3f2935a8a1cfe9c8b79bdcc3.jpg

 

 

WK 66d 1.JPG

Ray's car3.JPG

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On 1/7/2021 at 9:43 AM, Milldog 50 said:

I just ran across this post.  Brand new here, but a long term Willys Overland Knight Registry Member.  

 

I am very familiar with sleeve valve engines from Willys Overland line of products.  I own a '27 Willys Knight 70A cabriolet Coupe.  In addition I own the one and only known 1933 Willys  Model 8-88A.  This car has been registered to the W.O.K.R. consistently since 1975 and I am currently the 5th owner.  The Willys 8-88 was 1932 year model and there are currently about half dozen known, so still extremely rare.  My 8-88A is currently under restoration.

 

The model 66E Willys Knight was a single year production as was the Willys 8-88A.  The two vehicles were literally identical with the exception of Willys Knight having the double sleeve valve  6 cylinder 87 HP engine while the Willys had a flathead straight 8 rated at 80 HP.  The only other difference was badging and a slightly different radiator shell insert grill.

 

Attached pics are of 1933 Willys Knight 66E (brown car) and 1933 Willys 8-88A Black and white pics1484136928_mirrorcarsWillysKnight-Willys.thumb.jpg.0b17dddd3f2935a8a1cfe9c8b79bdcc3.jpg

 

 

WK 66d 1.JPG

Ray's car3.JPG

Hello Milldog 50, 

Thank you for enlarging on our knowledge of these rare, obscure Willys models. Congratulations on being the conservator of the sole surviving  1933 Willys  Model 8-88A.  Thanks also for confirming my hunch regarding the sharing between the 8-88 and Knight models.   Have the production numbers for each year and model been determined?

 

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