Jeep History: "Autobiography of a Jeep" 1943 United Films 10min
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"Describes the designing of the Jeep to meet military needs of being compact, light weight and maneuverable over rough terrain."
Jeep is an automobile marque of Chrysler (itself a subsidiary of Fiat). The first Willys Jeeps were produced in 1941 with the first civilian models in 1945, making it the oldest off-road vehicle and sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand. It inspired a number of other light utility vehicles, such as the Land Rover which is the second oldest 4-wheel-drive brand. The original Jeep vehicle that first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II, as well as the postwar period. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been created in other nations.
Bantam Reconnaissance Car
When it became obvious that the United States was eventually going to become involved in the war raging in Europe, the U.S. Army contacted 135 companies asking for working prototypes of a four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car. Only two companies responded to the request, The American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland. The Army had set what seemed like an impossible deadline of 49 days to supply a working prototype. Willys asked for more time but were refused. The bankrupt American Bantam Car Company had no engineering staff left on the payroll and brought in Karl Probst, a talented freelance designer from Detroit. After turning down an initial request from Bantam, Probst accepted the job after being asked again by the Army, and initially working without salary, went to work July 17, 1940.
Probst completely laid out plans for the Bantam prototype, known as the BRC or Bantam Reconnaissane Car, in two days, and the next day estimated the total cost of the vehicle. On July 22, Bantam's bid was submitted, complete with blueprints. Much of the vehicle had to be assembled from existing off-the-shelf automotive parts, and the custom four-wheel drivetrain components were supplied by Spicer. The hand-built prototype was completed in Butler, Pennsylvania, and driven to Camp Holabird, Maryland, for testing by the Army on 21 September 1940. The vehicle met the Army's criteria, but its engine did not meet the Army's torque requirements.
Ford Pygmy and Willys MB
The Army felt that the Bantam company was too small to supply the number of vehicles it needed, so it supplied the Bantam design to Willys and Ford who were encouraged to make their own changes and modifications. The resulting Ford "Pygmy" and Willys "Quad" prototypes looked very similar to the Bantam BRC (Bantam Reconnaissance Car) prototype and Spicer supplied very similar four-wheel drivetrain components to all three manufacturers.
Fifteen hundred of each of the three models were built and extensively field-tested. Willys-Overland's chief engineer Delmar "Barney" Roos made design changes to meet a revised weight specification (a maximum of 1,275 lb (578 kg) including oil and water). He was thus able to use the powerful but comparatively heavy Willys "Go Devil" engine, and win the initial production contract. The Willys version of the car would become the standardized jeep design, designated the model MB and was built at their plant in Toledo, Ohio. The familiar pressed metal Jeep grille was actually a Ford design feature and incorporated into the final design by the Army.
Since the War Department required a large number of vehicles to be manufactured in a relatively short time, Willys-Overland granted the United States Government a non-exclusive license to allow another company to manufacture vehicles using Willys' specifications. The Army chose Ford as the second supplier, but building Jeeps to the Willys' design. Willys supplied Ford with a complete set of plans and specifications. American Bantam, the creators of the first Jeep, spent the rest of the war building heavy-duty trailers for the Army....
Ford Jeep Demonstration 1941
A small company in Pennsylvania, Bantam, invented the Jeep, but the
military needed more than Bantam could produce. So they turned to Willys
and Ford and had these auto titans build Jeeps. Edsel Ford joins other
Ford Motor Company officials as they demonstrate their vehicles for the
1952 Willys M38 Military Jeep (ASP) FULL HD
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Auto-Showcase Project (ASP) presents Dennis' 1952 Willys M38 Military Jeep.
Dennis was camera shy, but allowed the ASP to showcase his historic Willys
M38. I provide an after action report (commentary) to the video.
I thank Dennis for showcasing his 1952 Willys M38 Military Jeep to the ASP.
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My Car Collection 1944 MINI Jeep Willys
The Mini Jeep Willys is HAND MADE in Bolivia its made out of the same
material as the Origianl Willys NOT FIBER GLASS This Vehicle was completed
in 3 years By a Man named Michalsky Credits to his hard effort, It 25%
Smaller than the original vehicle, it has the same ''GADGETS'' as the
original and everything works, it has a 3 Cyl engine from a Kia 1000cc RWD
it weights around 1250lbs, since this is the First made its going to be
improved, Now we are starting this business with this man we are going to
produce it and sell it all over the world, but I need to know if you people
like it! SO PLEASE IF YOU LIKE IT PM AND TELL ME, The price is not yet set,
some improvments we are going to make are: 4WD system, an original Winch, a
little bigger the space were the driver seats better gauges scaled M1s :D
among others and more. Hope you like it Thanks and dont forget to subscribe
Meeting a 4x4 Legend: "The Ugly Jeep" - Dirt Every Day Episode 4
On this episode of Dirt Every Day, Fred Williams meets the Jeep that almost
flunked him out of high school and sent him down the 4x4 road. Nicknamed
"The Ugly Jeep," it's a beat up 1951 Jeep CJ3a built to be inconspicuous in
an era when trucks were better known for chrome and wild graphics.
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SAS Willys jeep rebuild part 1
Restoration of a 1944 Willys MB jeep. The body tub was a rotten Hotchkiss
one, so a repro body tub was used. Chassis, axles, engine, gearbox, grill
and many little parts are genuine WW2. The Jeep is being built to represent
one used by 4 SAS as used behind the lines in Brittany, France. 1 and 2
SAS, were British, 3 and 4 SAS were French, and 5 SAS were from Belgium.
Many hours were spent studying original photographs to make an authentic
replica. The first 10 or so jeeps were modified in Scotland. 4 were
parachuted into France, the rest were brough in by glider. After Brittany
was mostly liberated, the SAS regrouped in Vannes for a refit. A convoy of
40 jeeps and Bedford trucks were driven from the UK via Normandy, and
modified by local garages to the individual crews requirements.
Consequently no 2 jeeps are identical. See my next videos as the
WWII Jeep Bodies
Daryl from DL Bensinger show the options for WWII jeep body restoration.
Rat Rod Jeep Death-Wish Trip! - Roadkill Episode 15
David Freiburger claims that this road trip on this episode of Roadkill is
the most stupid thing that he and Mike Finnegan have ever done. Freiburger
wanted to do a Jeep trip, so Finnegan bought an old Willys flatfender--one
that had been turned into a two-wheel-drive rat rod using some very sketchy
fabrication. The guys made it semi-safe, then hit the road to drive to the
Desert Bar in Parker, Arizona, where they sold the Jeep to a guy for the
price of their bar tab. Watch to see the crazy fun in the scariest vehicle
ever on Roadkill.
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WWII WILLYS Jeep on hill
took my 1944 WILLYS MB Jeep to work today and on my lunchbrake I took it
over to a dead end and trayed to get it over this very soft and step hill.
trayed for about 3 mines. all most made it but the ground was just too soft
to go up the hill. if my jeep had lockers tirers that where biger then 5"
wide I would have been able to get over it. anyway it was a lost of fun!
Land Rover's History
Land Rover is a British car manufacturer with its headquarters in Gaydon,
Warwickshire, United Kingdom which specialises in four-wheel-drive
vehicles. It is owned by the Indian company Tata Motors, forming part of
their Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) group. It is the second oldest
four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (after Jeep).
The Land Rover name was originally used by the Rover Company for one
specific vehicle model, named simply the Land Rover, launched by Rover in
1948. Over the following years it developed into a marque encompassing a
range of four-wheel-drive models, including the Defender, Discovery,
Freelander, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Evoque. Land
Rovers are currently assembled in the company's Halewood and Solihull
plants, with research and development taking place at JLR's Gaydon and
Whitley engineering centres. Land Rover sold 194,000 vehicles worldwide in
Although the brand originates from the original 1947 model, Land Rover as a
company has only existed since 1978, prior to this it was a product line of
the Rover Company which was subsequently absorbed into the Rover-Triumph
division of the British Leyland Motor Corporation (BL) following Leyland
Motor Corporation's takeover of Rover in 1967. The ongoing commercial
success of the original Land Rover series models, and latterly the Range
Rover in the 1970s in the midst of BL's well documented business troubles
prompted the establishment of a separate Land Rover company but still under
the BL umbrella, remaining part of the subsequent Rover Group in 1988 under
the ownership of British Aerospace after the remains of British Leyland
were broken up and privatised. In 1994 Rover Group plc was acquired by BMW.
In 2000 Rover Group was broken-up by BMW and Land Rover was sold to Ford
Motor Company, becoming part of its Premier Automotive Group. In June 2008
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El fallecido General George C. Marshall definió al Jeep como La mayor
contribución de los Estados Unidos de América a las operaciones de guerra
modernas. De hecho, la historia de la Segunda Guerra Mundial es también la
historia de los primeros años de Jeep, dado que después de 1941
participó en todas las campañas como vehículo ametralladora, vehículo
de reconocimiento, ambulancia, camioneta, limusina para el frente, portador
de municiones, máquina para el tendido de alambres y taxi.