Sunday Willys: August, 2019

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This is a picture of a 1955 Willys Bermuda. Note the Bermuda script on the door.

The Bermuda was basically the Aero-Eagle with a new name. Yes, some changes were made to the styling such as a vertical-bar grille, bodyside two-toning, new ornamentation and taillights. Still, the chassis was the same and the engine choices were the same as for the Aero-Eagle in 1954. Almost all of the 2,215 Bermudas produced in 1955 were equipped with the side-valve, inline 6-cylinder engine of 226 cubic-inch displacement producing 115 HP/180 LB-FT of torque. The transmission was a 3-speed manual. The Bermuda was marketed as the least expensive hardtop available in the US; the model equipped with the 226 cubic-inch engine was listed at $1,997.

1955 was the last model year Willys sold cars in the US, but continued to build Jeeps as a subsidiary to Kaiser. However, the Aero continued to be built and sold in South America as the Kaiser Brazilian subsidiary acquired the dies and built the Eagle in the early 60s. Brooks Stevens cleaned up the design and that car was manufactured until 1972. He actually made those changes in the late 1950s, but they were not applied until the early 60s. Some of the changes Stevens made to the Willys Aero were very similar to those he later made to the Studebaker Hawk design to turn the car into the Gran Turismo Hawk. The most notable of those changes were to the C-pillar/sail panels.

I don’t have interest in the Willys Aero-Eagle/Bermuda as a performance car, but think the styling is good and, of course, the car comes from a defunct American car company. Would it be inappropriate to restomod the car? I have seen the Henry J done that way so why not the Aero-Eagle/Bermuda?





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