Jeep looks are the only thing tying it to its spiritual predecessor.
So how did this history-making vehicle come about and survive all of its permutations through the years? This prototype was developed by the Army and Bantam in the summer ofwith Bantam building and delivering the first vehicle to Camp Holabird, Maryland, on September 23, The testing proved that four-wheel drive on a small, light vehicle delivered phenomenal performance off road, a concept still in use today.
During the testing, representatives from Ford and Willys inspected the Bantam and, according to Bantam, stole the ideas for their own vehicles. Both Willys and Ford produced prototypes for testing, and Bantam produced an improved model.
After all three prototype vehicles were deemed satisfactory with many improvements, a final contract for 1, vehicles from each manufacturer was awarded. These pre-standardized jeeps are rare and highly sought after by collectors, and some may still lurk in musty old barns.
With Bantam out of the picture, Ford was granted a contract to produce the Willys design, and together they made more than half a million jeeps during WWII. Willys was, needless to say, ecstatic about the contract, and hyped and advertised that it had invented the jeep, whereupon Bantam sicked the government hounds on Willys.
And what about that name, Jeep? Other than family names, the word first crops up as Eugene the Jeep, a mystical animal of sorts, capable of anything, who appeared in the Popeye cartoon strip in From here, the word was also noted in publications as an unproven recruit or vehicle in the military, and was applied to the first jeeps as well other vehicles, including airplanes.
In the Ford nomenclature system, G stood for government, and P indicated an inch wheelbase vehicle. You owe us money.
While DaimlerChrysler owns the trademark Jeep, vehicles built before the trademark was granted in can be spelled jeep, although usually any post-WWII Jeep is capitalized.
If you want to know more of early jeep history, Jeep Genesis: The Rest of the Story But what about after the war? This vehicle was marketed as a replacement to the tractor, and overwere produced between and At the same time, Willys introduced the two-wheel-drive Jeep all-steel station wagon, trucks, and Jeepster models, and later offered four-wheel-drive wagons and trucks.
Inthe improved CJ3A was introduced and was made until With the Korean War looming, the flattie got a face lift and makeover to volt electrical, and the M38 version was made from to The M38 was probably the strongest flatfender made and is highly desired by both collectors and modifiers.
The most revolutionary change in Jeepdom was the simultaneous end of the regular flatty era and the introduction of the CJ3B and the M38A1. The M38A1 was the bulbous brother of the angular M38, with many parts being interchangeable. The A1 was produced from towhile the CJ3B was made from to Finally, the famous CJ-5 made its debut in and was produced untillonger than any other derivative.
And speaking of derivatives, we could not begin to fit all of the other styles from DJ3As to CJ10, along with many one-offs and prototypes, but remember this is the condensed Jeep history. In the CJ-7 was introduced, which ran until As for fullsize models, the Wagoneer and Gladiator were introduced inwith the last fullsize bowing out as the Grand Cherokee in As we mentioned, a true Jeep history would take more than all of the books ever written on the subject to be complete and accurate.Jeep Wrangler Warning Reviews - See The Top 10 Problems For Jeep Wrangler.
Search Common Problems, Issues, Complaints, Defects and JD Power Rating. History of Jeep. Edit. Classic editor History Talk (0) Share. Contents The by soldiers as a slang word for new recruits and for new unproven vehicles.
This is according to a history of the vehicle for an issue of the U.S.
Army magazine, Quartermaster Review, which was written by Maj. E. P.
Hogan. Jeep Wrangler JK72 — The current. And from there it was mostly uphill for the military jeep. Up until the late '80s and early '90s, the military kept a fleet of Jeep vehicles for any and all sorts of duties. Jeep History Through the Years Race car aficionado Enzo Ferrari once said, "Jeep is America's only real sports car." Ferrari’s assessment speaks volumes, considering his personal interpretation of the sports car is vastly different from the boxy and utilitarian Jeep line-up.
In , the Wrangler YJ broke tradition with rectangular headlights and later gave rise to the Wrangler TJ in , with no ’96 models being produced of either type. As for fullsize models, the Wagoneer and Gladiator were introduced in , with the last fullsize bowing out as the Grand Cherokee in Jun 13, · Ignore, for a moment, the Wrangler’s aforementioned attack-dog looks, and settle in behind the steering wheel.
This Jeep is far spryer than its 3,pound curb weight would suggest.