History Ofe Jeep

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History of the Jeep

Jeep vehicles have been the transportation preference for liberators and adventurers for more than 50 years. Here you'll discover the history of the Jeep vehicle from the launch of the Wrangler (TJ), and the development of the 1946 Willys Utility Vehicle into today's Cherokee and Grand Cherokee.

The innovative Jeep vehicle was born of necessity and hand-built in just seven weeks by means of hard labor and brilliance.

In view of the fact that as early as World War I, the U.S. Army had been looking for a quick, lightweight all-terrain scouting vehicle. In early 1940, equipment became urgent as the Axis powers began to score victories in Northern Africa and Europe and the need to quickly develop this means of transportation became more vital. The Army put a call out to car manufacturers asking for a running sample for such a vehicle in just 49 days.
The Bantam Car Company, which had supplied a number of previous scouting vehicles to the Army, and Willys-Overland were the only two manufacturers that replied to the Army's call, although over 130 companies had been invited to reply. The 49-day cut-off date was challenging, on the other hand, Willys-Overland asked for additional time to finish their vehicle. Bantam's only expectation to meet this deadline was to bring in outside help.

Bantam's rescuer turned out to be Karl Probst, a Detroit engineer who had worked for quite a few automotive firms. Enlisted by National Defense Advisory Committee head William S. Knudsen (former president of General Motors), Probst accepted the nationalistic challenge with no salary and went to work July 17, 1940. In just two days he had entirely laid out blueprints for the Bantam model, the forerunner of the Jeep® vehicle. On July 22, Bantam's offer was submitted total with blueprints of this original vehicle. The proposal claimed that the vehicle met…...

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