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1951 Willys Jeep Station Wagon

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Sure, we just saw an old Willys on the Alameda street.

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I say that's a good reason to admire another one! I found this very nice Willys Jeep Station Wagon parked near Alameda's City Hall. According to this Australian Jeep worship site, the five-bar grille means that this truck is from the 1949-1953 period, so I'm calling it a '51 model.

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This somewhat newer example that lives across town appears to be the same color, but is much rougher than today's Jeep. Either this truck has been kept in an argon atmosphere in a lead-lined underground shelter for 50+ years or it's a really painstaking restoration. I'm guessing the latter.

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And look what was driving by while I was taking my photos!

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Now that's a fine looking automobile. Perhaps the most wonderful bit about it is you can trace the visual DNA from a brand-new Wrangler Unlimited back to that old wagon.

The wife says it looks great, where can she get one, what kind of mileage does it get. Now, the mileage bit escapes me and who the heck cares? It's beautiful!