View Full Version : Brooks Stevens takes Stude styling to Willys in Brasilia!

06-04-2014, 08:57 PM
Every now and then I continue my Internet search for Studebaker connections in South America (particularly regarding the great looking 1962 "Special Champ" from Argentina). Anyways, I ran across this interesting info about the Willys Aero in Brasil and it's connection with the Stevens designed Stude GT Hawk.

From another website: Another vehicle inherited by Ford do Brasil when it took over the Willys operation in 1967 was the Aero Willys, originally produced in Toledo and sold in the USA from 1952 to 1955. In 1958, the tooling for the unibody compact was shipped to the Willys Sao Paulo plant where production resumed in 1960.

In 1963 the Brazilian Aero received a clever reskin with styling by Brooks Stevensónote his characteristic formal roof, also found on the Studebaker Hawk GT. Several models were offered, including the Aero-Willys 2600 base model and the premium Itamaraty with leather and hardwood interior, a popular car with Brazilís upper class. Ford do Brasil continued production until 1971, when the venerable old Willys was dropped in favor of the Ford USA-designed Maverick.

Warren Webb
06-04-2014, 09:14 PM
Brooks took a "cute" car & made it handsome.

06-04-2014, 09:38 PM
Yep, I see GT Hawk genes in there!

06-04-2014, 10:05 PM
The tail lights look somewhat GTish.

06-05-2014, 06:40 AM
Also note the stainless-steel "peak" molding that runs from the top of the headlamp doors striaght back (as much as possible) to the curve downward to meet the tail lamp assemblies; very "GT Hawk-ish" as well. :cool: BP

06-05-2014, 06:43 AM
He sure did! There was a 2600 in his museum, along with the Studebaker styling studies. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?29200-Chris-other-Eye-Candy-12-23-GT-Hawk-Prototype&highlight=2600


06-05-2014, 08:47 AM
I don't think that Brooks Stevens gets enough credit for the incredible work he did restyling Studebakers and even the Willys Aero in Brazil. What he did with limited funds is incredible.
Hats off to Brooks Stevens!


06-05-2014, 09:01 AM
Brooks Stevens was a styling genius and in many ways is overlooked for his work. Finally in many circles he is getting the exposure that he deserves,

06-05-2014, 12:20 PM
Yup. And lets not forget the Jeep Wagonaire, er.. Wagoneer.

Son O Lark
06-05-2014, 12:44 PM
The double stacked bumper looks quite unique. I also see some Mercedes influence.

Blue 15G
06-05-2014, 01:34 PM
The couple standing beside the car don't look very happy. Maybe they're thinking "I wish we bought a Studebaker!"

06-05-2014, 02:03 PM
Please correct the title to Brooks Stevens.

06-05-2014, 03:34 PM
Those tail lights are very similar to the 56/ 57 Continentals I think, along with the 58-60 T-Bird, and later, Hawk roof line. Did he have anything to do with those, I wonder ? I've never seen this, it is a neat looking little car.