Wartime Jeep marks 70 years
The original Jeep's specification was drawn up in July 1940, when the United States Army let it be known to 135 potential suppliers that it needed a "Light reconnaissance vehicle" to assume duties previously undertaken by modified cars and motorcycles. Ref. Source 5
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Happy 75th birthday to the Jeep!
On Thursday, Jeep fans everywhere had a reason to celebrate: the Jeep was patented 75 years ago on April 7th, 1941. The actual production of the first American Jeep was a joint effort, with American Bantam creating the winning design and receiving Ref. Source 9h.
Everyone knows the jeep from war and outings, its probably the one vehicle that had a significant impact on everyone everywhere whether for good or bad.
Jeeps are awesome so long as you're not looking for a comfortable ride. The Jeep's design is made for practical purposes but its effectiveness probably went into the modern SUV design.