It's always fun to watch top notch street rods roll through our RK Motors Charlotte showroom. Unlike beefy muscle cars or slick sports cars, which are designed with varying degrees of built-in homogeny that appeals to a wide variety of buyers, street rods are constructed around the two main cornerstones of every car enthusiast's psyche: GOING FAST and LOOKING GOOD. And if you're the kind of buyer who's ready to go big and drop jaws, this brilliant Willys is exactly the kind of classic that does just that!
Dressed and ready to roll, this all-steel custom has been meticulously rebuilt to preserve all the innate appeal of Willys's popular Americar aesthetic. While that profile is decidedly conservative compared to today's ostentatious fiberglass creations, its ravishing paint certainly is not! That glowing, candy pigment highlights an incredibly straight fuselage that was massaged into shape during a detailed, ground-up build. As expected, fit is good and finish is great. And overall, this road-ready cruiser checks all the boxes for an enduring, well-planned street rod.
It's hard to find any well-done '40 Willys coupe that doesn't turn heads and inspire stares. But this car, with its excellent stance, alluring paint and timeless details, blows the cobbled look of most 'once in a lifetime builds' right out of the water! Up front, a stainless '41 grille floats between original-style, stainless-trimmed headlights. At the top of the car, a Willys-branded hood leads the eye to flawless glass that's sealed between a billet driver's mirror and capped windshield wipers. At the sides of the car, polished trim spears parallel sculpted running boards on their way to intersecting trick Suicide Doors. And out back, a Frenched tag shades flush-mount LED taillights and polished stainless exhaust tips.
STROKED SMALL BLOCK
Though it manages to present a relatively simple appearance on the outside, everything about this super cool Willys is big. Big time, big budget, big labor, and big appeal! Nowhere is that theme more evident than under the hood, where you'll find 383 cubic inches of stroked and polished small block. At the top of that buff engine, a pair of polished Edelbrock 4-barrels mix air from a polished pot with a steady stream of high-octane fossils that's siphoned through a series of stainless lines. At the base of those carbs, a polished Edelbrock intake feeds a glossy, body-matched block that's dressed with polished valve covers, polished breathers and a contrasting silver oil pan. The fires are lit through a quality MSD distributor, which is sequenced between a hot MSD coil and familiar Taylor plug wires. Cooling is provided by a beefy aluminum radiator, which is stacked in front of a large electric puller fan. Exhaust gets handled by ceramic-coated shorty headers. At the front of the block, a polished alternator and a coated AC compressor spin between polished pullies and polished brackets. And naturally, this Willys massaged engine bay is diced with cool details like polished fluid reservoirs and trick dipsticks.
Behind that show-worthy engine, a tough 700R4 4-speed twists power to a narrowed and braced Ford 9-inch. That first class drivetrain rolls on a custom, square-tube chassis, which cages modern coil-over-shocks in a traditional ladder bar rear-clip. Opposite that clip, a proven Mustang II front-half centers power rack-and-pinion steering between tubular control arms and two adjustable coil-overs. Serious stops to counter the car's serious speed are provided by two Wilwood discs and two old school drums. Spent gases are jettisoned through aluminized pipes, which growl through an H-shaped crossover and dual-chamber Flowmaster mufflers. And at the corners, polished Torq Thrust IIs spin 205/65R15 BF Goodrich Advantage T/As in front of 31x6.50-15 Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pros.
Pop the car's lightweight doors and you'll reveal a custom-tailored cabin that was installed in late 2018. A contoured bench stretches a tight leather hide under 2-point belts and billet buttons. An extremely cool dash wraps a tasteful combination of paint and leather around bright Daytona Instruments, modern Alpine audio and Vintage Air conditioning. A booted Lokar shifter rides directly between flowing side panels, which hang billet handles in front of modern power windows. The driver spins a polished and leather-wrapped steering wheel around a polished, tilting column. And details are on point, with niceties like a polished handbrake and billet foot pedals leading a custom-upholstered trunk.
If you're a fan horsepower, Willys or just going fast and looking good, this is the classic for you! Call, click or visit https://www.RKMotors.com for more information.
All-steel Willys street rod that's the product of a detailed, ground-up build
383 cubic inch Chevrolet stroker motor / Dual-quad induction
700R4 4-speed automatic transmission
Narrowed and braced 9-inch rear axle
Modern air conditioning
Power rack-and-pinion steering
Wilwood front disc brakes
Custom chassis and suspension
Custom leather interior / Modern audio
15-inch American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels
All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection
We can ship your new classic anywhere in the world
|Exterior Color:||Orange Pearl Metallic|
|Transmission:||4 Speed Automatic|
RK Motors was built on a vision to share our passion for cars, make buying or selling your dream car as simple and satisfying as possible, and make the hobby more enjoyable and accessible. At the core of our operation is a dedicated group of serious car enthusiasts who strive to achieve our corporate vision. No matter where you look, you'll see this ideal reflected throughout RK Motors operations.
The “RK” in RK Motors proudly represents our founder Rob Kauffman, a lifelong enthusiast. Rob’s deep passion for cars, extensive automotive knowledge, and business insight has transformed the company into one of the most innovative collector car dealers in the United States.
RK Motors is a global destination for serious collectors and hobbyists. Our state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot East Coast showroom was named the nation’s #1 “must see” destination for gearheads and enthusiasts by HotRod Magazine. Our website draws nearly 300,000 visitors per month, making it the most viewed car dealer website on the planet. RK Motors continually offers something new and unique to consider.
In addition to being a classic car dealership, our world-class RKM Performance Center has restored some of the most legendary cars on the planet. Many of these cars have collected trophies at some of the largest shows in the country. Our ASE certified mechanics and Master Technicians are also fellow enthusiasts who ensuring your vehicle is treated with the utmost respect. From our unprecedented Seal of Approval Exit Service to complete restorations, our performance center has the passion, knowledge, and experience to fulfill your automotive needs.
The RK Motors name has appeared on all forms of media and even a few race cars. We proudly support various racing series and competitions, including NASCAR. Our Chairman, Rob Kauffman, drives a RK Motors Charlotte sponsored Ferrari F458 Italia in endurance races like the Rolex 24 and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also competes in Historic Trans Am racing and various road rallies, domestic and abroad.
If your passion for cars burns as brightly as ours, call our sales team today to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom. We hope to see you on our list of satisfied customers soon. Until then, see you on the road or at the track.
With more than 4,500 high grade, classic cars sold since 2007, RK Motors has established a clear track record with thousands of customers world-wide. On an annual basis, more than 80% of our sales are from repeat customers.
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