The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson


Overview      The U.S. Auto Industry at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944    The U.S. Auto Industry and the B-29 Bomber   U.S. Auto Industry Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   The Complete listing of All Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   Sherman Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Tank Destroyers of the American Auto Industry    M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry

    Automobile Manufacturers:  American Bantam Car Company   Checker   Chrysler   Crosley   Ford   General Motors   Graham-Paige   Hudson
   Nash-Kelvinator   Packard      Studebaker    Willys-Overland

General Motors Divisions
(Undergoing development) Aeroproducts   Brown-Lipe-Chapin   Buick   Cadillac   Chevrolet   Cleveland Diesel   Delco Appliance   Delco Products   Delco Radio   Delco-Remy   Detroit Diesel   Detroit Transmission   Electro-Motive   Fisher Body   Frigidaire   GM Proving Grounds   GM of Canada   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Saginaw Steering Gear   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
Manufacturers:
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  
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Willys-Overland Main Page   Willys-Overland War Production Record   Willy Jeep

 
Willys-Overland Motors in World War Two / WWII
1903-1952
Rest in Peace
Plant Photos


An early line drawing of the original plant in the 1890's when it was Cleveland Cycles.  Central Avenue runs east-west and the orientation of this drawing is looking south-west.  Drawing courtesy of Ron Szymanski.


Here we are looking north-west along Central Avenue at Cleveland Cycles also on the sign.    Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski.


This is a later 1910 photo of Plant 1.  See the photo of this as it existed in 2012 at the bottom of the page.  It was on a train trip from Indianapolis to Detroit in 1908 that John Willys saw this plant while on the , which was vacant at the time, which resulted in its purchase.  The Overland car making operation was then moved from Indianapolis to Toledo.  Previous to the Willys purchase this plant had been making Pope-Toledo automobiles but the operation went under during the 1907 market crash.  In 1912 the company was renamed Willys-Overland.  Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski.


An overhead drawing after the plant had been built up for the most part by 1914.  It was larger in size at the time than the Ford Highland Park operation.  This would have been the configuration during WWII.  Drawing courtesy of Ron Szymanski. 


One can assume the powerhouse and smoke stacks were previous to 1912 when John Willys added his name to the company.  Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski.


  This probably a post WWII photo looking south but previous to 1973 when the seven story office building in the foreground was imploded.  However, it for the most part represents the plant configuration during WWII.  This is a photo of a photo taken in Ron Szymanski's basement.  Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski.


This is definitely post WWII because I-75 is to the west of the plant.  Photo courtesy of Ron Szymanski.


The east end of Plant 1 looking east on Central was still standing in January of 2012.


The portion on the left was the original office building on Central.


One Smoke Stack still exists.
 

 

 

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