The Overland Automobile "runabout" was founded by Claude Cox, a graduate of Rose Polytechnic Institute, while he was employed by Standard Wheel Company of Terre Haute, Indiana, USA, in 1903. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (abbreviated RHIT) formerly Rose Polytechnic Institute, is a small private non-sectarian College Terre Haute ( is a city in Vigo County, Indiana near the state's western border with Illinois. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Year 1903 ( MCMIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting In 1905, Standard Wheel allowed Cox to relocate the Overland Automobile Company to Indianapolis, Indiana, and he got a partner.
In 1908, Overland Motors was purchased by John North Willys. Year 1908 ( MCMVIII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year John North Willys (pr WILL-iss October 25, 1873 – August 26, 1935) was an American Automotive pioneer and statesman In 1912, it was renamed Willys-Overland. Willys was the brand name used by the United States Automobile company Willys-Overland Motors best known for its production of military and civilian
Overlands continued to be produced until 1926 when the marque was succeeded by the Willys Whippet.
The last vestige of the Overland automobile empire remains in the form of bricks spelling out "Overland" in the smoke stacks at the Toledo factory that once formed the core of Willys automotive empire. But the name would come back when DaimlerChrysler introduced the Overland name for a trim package on the 2003–present Jeep Grand Cherokee. The badging is a recreation of the Overland nameplate from the early twentieth century.