Probably not too many on this forum ever drove an original Pre WWII Willys for everyday transportation. Back in the 60s I owned several and drove them extensively. I had all years from 1938-39-40-41 in various body styles and conditions. Enjoyed all of them but the 38 coupe always seemed to get the most attention. I never did any restorations as all of mine were original. Peppy little 4 cyl cars but cheaply built and not much on the top end. Mostly around town cars that got great mileage! I started attending the drag races in 1959 (Nationals in Detroit) and made all the Indy Nationals for the next 20-25 years. I shot photos of most all the Willys cars I watched race in that era. While I enjoyed the action and some of the cars were exceptionally well done I dont think from a styling stand point any of the racing cars could match the beauty of the original design (I am speaking here of the coupe bodied cars in 1940-42). All of the three windowed cars from 1937 on were beautifully executed (notwithstanding the unusual front ends on the 37-39 models). Personally I liked the 40 Deluxe model and the 41 and 42 (without the split grille) the best. I note that a completely restored 40 Deluxe coupe sold in a Russo & Steele auction in AZ in Jan 2013 for $135,000 plus a buyers premium! Kinda makes one wonder if it would not have been wiser to keep all those cars original!? How many all-out racing versions will bring that kind of money? A few perhaps but not many. I have lots of old Willys photos to post and will do so later as I dig them out. My old 38 coupe below.