Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Jeep by William 74
Jeep, a photo by William 74 on Flickr.
A late Motorcar Monday entry (sorry!). We all know what a Jeep is-a bare bones off-road machine. And they don't come more bare-bones than a military Jeep. Originally developed by American Bantam in an amazing 49 days, the original Jeep is better known as a Willys product, as the military felt that Bantam wasn't a large enough company to supply enough vehicles. Eventually Ford produced Jeeps, during the war, and postwar Delahaye and Hotchkiss in France, as well as Mitsubishi and Toyota in Japan cranked them out as well.

Fun fact-for many years, you'd see ads for ex-military Jeeps "still in the crate", having been found in some backwater base in the desert Southwest, or rescued from a long forgotten supply depot on a tiny Pacific island. In fact, for a long time there were ads from collectors wanting to buy WW2 Jeeps still in their crates.

Jeeps never shipped in crates.

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