Tuesday, October 25, 2016
WILLYS RESTORED… Local resident, Joe Sciacca with his 1913 Willys Overlander Model 69 Tourer, which he bought at an auction in Shepparton eight years ago to restore it to its former glory. Photo: Emma Hillier.

“It doesn’t miss a beat”

David Lee December 26, 2015

TIMES were different in 1913 and so were the cars, which local resident, Joe Sciacca has realised, after buying a 1913 Willys Overland Model 69 Tourer at an auction eight years ago and helping see it restored to its former glory.
The ‘Willy,’ as it is more affectionately known to Joe and his wife, had no interior or top, but after working on it for two years the 4 cylinder, 3 speed, crank start vintage car was back on the road.
Joe said, “When we went out to look at it, my wife saw it and said wow, so I had to go to the auction and we wound up getting it.
“At the auction, an elderly woman approached us and told us her grandfather used to own the car and she shared some of her fond memories with us.
“It’s the kind of car you drive during Autumn or Spring. It’s very comfortable to ride in on the road.
“The best part about it is that everything is so simple. Anyone can work on these old cars and one way or another you will always get it going.
“We have taken it to a few rallies and we have even won a couple of awards including the RACV People’s Choice Award in 2013 during the first rally and the second best veteran car at the Euroa Show and Shine in 2014.
“It doesn’t miss a beat.”