1960 Willys Wagon

Hooniverse Asks: What classic would you travel in?

This Argentinian family of four is traveling to Alaska in their 1960 Willys Wagon. They are currently in Panama. I’ve always loved the look of a Willys Wagon but never considered doing more than the occasional drive around town in one. The Willys does sound like a better choice than the VW Kombi of Kombi Life.


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What classic vehicle would you tour the world in?

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24 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What classic would you travel in?”

  1. neight428 Avatar

    How about a triple post? Some Disqus/user error bad mojo going on…

    1. kogashiwa Avatar

      Disqus is terrible. It’s normal.

      1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
        dead_elvis, inc.

        Disqus still beats the living daylights out of the abomination known as Kinja.

        1. kogashiwa Avatar

          True, albeit a low bar.

          Disqus doesn’t really work on Safari at all, for me anyway, doesn’t keep me logged in. Even on the same page. I log in, try to post an image, and it tells me I can’t because I’m not logged in. And now that they’ve got the laborious captcha thing it’s even worse. I pretty much keep Firefox on my machine solely for Hooniverse.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            That’s odd, as I have pretty much the opposite problem. The only time I use Safari is when I want to comment on Hooniverse, as I haven’t been able to log into Disqus with Firefox on any of my computers for the last several months. As with your experience, Safari occasionally seems to lose track of whether I’m logged in, but for me reloading the page usually fixes this without actually needing to go through the login procedure again. With Firefox, however, the login process never concludes successfully in the first place.

  2. 0A5599 Avatar

    Dobbertin Surface Orbiter is more than 25 years old now, and the tanker trailer it was built from was from the late 50’s.

    Certainly a classic now.

    If we need to pick a classic to tour the world, remember that 2/3 is covered in water.


    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Not much scenery for most of that 2/3 though, just the edges.

      The Surface Orbiter sounds about as successful as most amphibious vehicles.

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        I’m pretty sure you get to some pretty amazing sea monsters before you sail over the edges.


    1. 0A5599 Avatar

      Good answer. Since the question above mentioned touring the world, that could include some unfriendly areas. Be sure the RV is fitted with the EM50 option.


  3. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    I’d consider anything comfortable, reliable and easy to get parts for. An Africar is slow but easily fixed, although 2CV stuff is less common than it was

    Alternatively a suitably reinforced Mercedes W123, a Peugeot 504/505 or for extra weirdness a Saab Toppola, Dream Trip style.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      Plus one for each w123 and 504, the Africar seems too much a compromise when the world tour is going on highway sections.

  4. P161911 Avatar

    Simple enough to fix with parts you find on the side of the road (I have done it!). Big enough to sleep in or haul all your crap around. Sure it only gets 9 mpg, but it has a 42 gallon gas tank as standard. Get a 3/4 ton 4X4 for the rough bits. Comfy seats, good A/C, and cruise control. Probably stick with a small block version for better parts availability.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Same principle, except cheaper cost of entry (no overland tax) at the expense of the rough road capability.

      EPA rates an ’87 G20 with the 350 at something like 14/18mpg, which if it’s even remotely accurate, seems astoundingly good though,


      1. P161911 Avatar

        Better sleeping accommodations, but harder to work on when half the engine is inside and half is outside.

        1. Maymar Avatar

          You’re not wrong, although just to cover up for that deficiency, working on the engine from the inside is an asset when it’s raining and near freezing?

  5. Zentropy Avatar

    For an unhurried trip without the kids, I’d go with a Volvo P210 Duett estate or an Amazon wagon. They are reliable, mechanically simple to work on, and relatively easy on fuel. Either would make for a fun adventure, IMO.

  6. outback_ute Avatar

    A Thomas Flyer?

  7. Batshitbox Avatar

    L911 Kurzhauber, but only if it has a turret over the passenger seat like this one.


  8. liebemshats Avatar

    These guys have been at it since 2003: https://landcruisingadventure.com