PLEASE NOTE: The FAA watermark does not appear in the final print.
Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding
The Willys Jeep Station Wagon, introduced in 1946 by Willys-Overland Motors is the first mass-market all-steel station wagon designed and built as a passenger vehicle and is arguably the world's first popular sport utility vehicle or SUV (the heavy-duty, truck-based Chevrolet Suburban with steel body was introduced in 1939 for professional use mainly as train depot hacks and funeral homes). The Willys Jeep was designed in the mid-40s by industrial designer Brooks Stevens and the station wagon stayed in production until 1965.
The steel body was efficient to mass-produce, as easy to maintain and safer than the real wood-bodied station wagon versions at the time. This was one of Willys' most successful post-World War II models. Its production coincided with individual consumers moving to the new suburbs during the post-war period.
March 7th, 2014
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