|information about a Jeep, outstanding light vehicle of World War II. It was developed by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps and was an important item in lend-lease shipments to the Soviet Union and other allies. The jeep weighed 1 1/4 tons, was powered by a four-cylinder engine, and was classed as a quartesr-ton truck in carrying capacity.
|Jeep is a brand of American automobile and a division of Stellantis. Jeep has been part of Chrysler since 1987, when Chrysler acquired the Jeep brand, along with remaining assets, from its previous owner American Motors Corporation
|American Bantam, the creators of the first Jeep, built approximately 2,700 of them to the BRC-40 design, but spent the rest of the war building heavy-duty trailers for the Army.
|In June 1940, the U.S. Army asked automakers to create a quarter ton “light reconnaissance vehicle” specifically for the Army’s unique needs. Of the 135 automakers solicited, only 3 responded — Bantam, Willys, and Ford. It took about a year, but contributions from each company ended up creating the template for the first Jeep vehicle. The prototype was finished in only 75 days and delivered to the U.S. Army on November 11, 1940, by Willys-Overland, who won the primary contract.
The iconic flat slotted grill with integrated headlights is a big part of the Jeep’s design, and Ford is responsible for it. The company’s Pilot Model GP-No.1 “Pygmy” started with 13 slots, then went to nine, and ended at seven in 1945.
|The first Jeeps used by the Army were Willys MA and Willys MB, but eventually, the name changed to Jeep. Some people believe it’s a play on General Purpose Vehicle (GP), while others say it’s the name of Ford’s version, GPW; G stood for “government,” P was the distance between the wheels, and W was Willys since Willys held the license. Other people say the name for any military prototypes was “jeep” and it just stuck.
|A Marine Corps Jeep that was the first to land on Guadalcanal and one of the first on Bougainville received a retirement order and a Purple Heart for bullet holes in its windshield.
|The Jeep brand has had eight different owners, with Fiat-Chrysler as the current company in charge. Before that, it belonged to Chrysler LLC, Daimler Chrysler, Chrysler Corporation, Renault, American Motor Corp., Kaiser Jeep, and Willys-Overland.
|It came out in the late-1940s and offered features the military versions didn’t have, like a tailgate, external fuel cap, and a side-mounted spare tire. The company was hoping it would appeal to farmers and construction workers.
|The Wagoneer was the first “luxury SUV”, boasting the first independent front suspension and automatic transmission in a 4X4 vehicle, the first overhead-cam six-cylinder truck engine, and the first automatic full-time 4WD system.
|The 2016 Jeep Wrangler was named Best Resale Value in its class (Compact SUV Crossover) and one of the top 10 cars overall by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.