Jeep is a brand of American automobiles that is a division of FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group, LLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The former Chrysler Corporation acquired the Jeep brand, along with the remaining assets of its owner American Motors, in 1987. Jeep's current product range consists solely of sport utility vehicles and off-road vehicles, but has also included pickup trucks in the past. The original Jeep was the prototype Bantam BRC. Willys MB Jeeps went into production in 1941 specifically for the military, arguably making them the oldest four-wheel drive mass-production vehicles now known as SUVs. The Jeep became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and the Allies during World War II, as well as the postwar period. The term became common worldwide in the wake of the war. The first civilian models were produced in 1945. It inspired a number of other light utility vehicles, such as the Land Rover. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been designed in other nations.
Willys MB vs Ford GPW -- How to tell the difference
How to tell the difference between Willys MB and Ford GPW jeeps. Video tutorial using vintage and modern photos.
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 military.
1943 Willy's MB Jeep - Walk Around
Recently I sold my 1943 Willy's MB Jeep so I thought I had best make a video while it was still around. 4 cylinder L-head "Go Devil" engine SAE HP 15.63 Net HP 54 @ 4000 RPM 6-volt electrical system. Jeep is complete with fully functional electrical system, all working lights, canvas windshield cover, summer canvas top, Jerry Can, M-1 Rifle Carrier, canvas water bucket, shovel, axe and wipers, but most of those items were removed for transport to another state. Unfortunately the battery died a few years ago so no engine running, lights or horn in this video. Very nice clean Jeep. Sorry to see it go!