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[column grid=”2″ span=”1″]Overland Automobile was founded by Claude Cox in 1903. Cox was employed by Standard Wheel Company. Overland separated from Standard Wheel in 1905 when Cox got a partner. In 1908 they got into trouble and were forced to sell to John North Willys. The company was renamed Willys Overland in 1912. The Overland was Willys’ lower priced car line, Willys Knight was the more expensive version. The two lines had different engines. The Overland has a 4- cylinder poppet valve engine. The poppet valve is the forerunner of the type of valves used on today’s cars. The Knight engine used a sleeve valve that was more dependable at the time but more expensive to manufacture and used a lot of oil. The Overland was produced until 1926 when it was succeeded by the Willys Whippit. The Willys Automobile Company continued under various ownership manufacturing the Willys Jeep during World War II. The company was acquired by Nash and was combined into American Motors. When AMC failed, Jeep was acquired by Chrysler who still manufactures the Jeep line.