Wild Willys

SA Hot Rods|Edition 107

Wild  Willys
Alwyn Behmer found this original rusted 1940 Willys coupe in Elsburg and bought it from Deon Hermann in 1997. Alwyn started with a Pro Street build and completed it in 1999 when he was 31 years old.
Monty Booth

Pro Street is a style of street-legal custom car popular in the 1980s, usually built to imitate a Pro Stock class race car. Pro Street cars should appear to be more at home on the drag strip than the street, while remaining street legal and not gutted like a Race Car or Bracket Racecar. Alwyn totally stripped, sandblasted and removed all rust and repaired all panels to perfection. It was sprayed a unique purple with a red pearl over a blue base.

This was done by Henk Spannenberg. He also built a strong, boxed chassis with extra-durable components to enable it to take the punch and keep it in line during vicious launches.

It runs a low compression (8:1) 454 Big Block Chevy, Scat forged crank, Manley conrods, DSS Racing pistons with a 6:71 Dyers Blower and was built with ARP bolts throughout. This monster engine was also built by Alwyn. On top of the stack sits two Carter 750cfm carbs. Joined to this mill is a beefed-up 3-speed 400R Chevy gearbox linked up to a custom narrowed Ford Galaxie LS 9” diff.


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Edition 107