1930 Whippet Model 96A

The Whippet is sometimes considered a 'companion car' for John North Willys' Overland. Introduced in July of 1926 as a 1927, it was 200 pounds lighter than the equivalent four-cylinder Overland, and a quarter-inch longer wheelbase. The engine was smaller than the Overland, but it developed the same power and had the advantages of full-pressure oiling and pump-circulated cooling.

When the Whippet was introduced, it was America's smallest car. Despite its size, one example was brought to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a 24-hour endurance trial, where it completed at an average of just over 56 miles per hour and set a new American record for stock cars with prices below $1,000.

The low cost and durability helped contribute to the 110,000 sales Willys-Overland enjoyed in 1927, making them third in the United States sale. With the onset of the Great Depression, Willys-Overland focused on a single low-cost car that would become the Willys 77. In early 1931, the Whippet was discontinued.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019

1930 Vehicle Profiles

1930 Whippet Model 96A vehicle information

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The Whippet was built to provide the average family with the highest transportation value for less than $600. The Whippet Model 96A introduced 'Finger Tip Control,' which combined the functions of starting, lighting control and horn into a single but....[continue reading]

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1930 Model 96A
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1930 Whippet Model 96A Base Price : $585

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Whippet
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)

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