Willys Overland Jeepster

Information Site and Registry 1948, 1949,1950

California Jeepster Plant

Some Jeepsters were assembled in W-O’s west coast assembly plant in California, located in the City of Maywood (Los Angeles County) on the north side of Randolph Street, halfway between Eastern Avenue and Garfield Street. The plant was bordered on its south side by the Pacific Electric Railway’s Whittier line (along Randolph Street), and on its north side by the Los Angeles Terminal Railway. It was built in 1928 and began operation in January, 1929 as the Willys-Overland-Pacific Company, when W-O still produced large numbers of low-priced cars that competed head-to-head with Ford and Chevrolet. The west coast assembly plant closed during Willys-Overland’s bankruptcy and reopened in 1937. It was leased to Lockheed for aircraft component production during World War II, and resumed automotive assembly after the war. It was closed in 1954, sold in 1955, and later demolished. The site is now occupied by newer industrial buildings. There’s no way to tell a California-assembled Jeepster from a Toledo Jeepster unless the sales documentation survives.

Information provided by Morris Hill