The Auburn Auction

Lot 7
1931 Willys Six C-113 Pickup

Selling on Saturday Evening

1931 Willys Six C-113 Pickup
Offered from The Roaring Twenties Collection


• A rarely seen innovative example from a pioneering American automaker
• All original museum truck
• Rugged & handsome looks in an attractive color scheme
• Perfect for club tours and shows

193 cid inline six-cylinder engine, 65 HP, three-speed manual transmission with single reverse gear, electric starter, manual choke; wheelbase: 113

The Willys-Overland Motor Company was created in 1908 when John Willys purchased the Standard Wheel Companys Overland Automotive Division. He further expanded the company in 1913 after acquiring the license to build Charles Knights sleeve-valve engine, thus giving birth to the Willys-Knight nameplate. In 1926, Willys-Overland introduced a line of small cars called the Whippet. Largely successful but hampered by the stagnant economy of the depression, the Whippet ceased production in 1931. Unbeknownst to many, the Whippet had a very low production, distant cousin; The Willys Six C-113 Truck.

This all original Willys Six C-113 Truck, offered from The Roaring Twenties Museum Collection, is number 113 of just 198 made. Referred to in sales documentation as a Cloned Cab Pickup, the Six Trucks were marketed as speedy transportation with a comfortable deluxe cab that offered plenty of room. It does not take a lot to notice that this truck strongly resembles the Whippet in more than a few ways. Not surprisingly, both the Whippet and the C-113 were Murray-bodied products. Mechanically, the two automobiles are not that different either. The truck is powered by the same 65 horsepower L-head straight-six as the car. The rather simplistic dash includes a fuel gauge, speedometer, and amperemeter the C-113s were well-optioned in a day when trucks were used primarily for a utilitarian purpose. The bed, measuring 47.5 by 66 is a generously sized, all metal pickup box with plenty of space. With a two-tone green and black paint combination, this C-113 even manages to pull off an elegant look. Apart from some maintenance, this truck will once more be ready to hit the road.

These trucks, though not commonly heard of, were far ahead of their time. Radically different from other utilitarian automobiles, these trucks offered a clean-cut appearance, the reliability of the Willys L-head six, and economical operability. Fairly priced, Willys offered a half-ton chassis starting at just $395, and a larger one-and-one half-ton chassis could be purchased for just $200 more. This C-113 would make the centerpiece of a classic truck collection and, with a production figure of only 198, this may be the last opportunity to own one for quite some time.

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