It’s hard to believe, but America’s most iconic 4×4 is turning 75 today.
On April 7th, 1942, the U.S. Patent office awarded a patent for the military vehicle that would later become known as the Jeep.
As I understand it, the truck was commissioned by the U.S. military when it became obvious that America would be drawn into World War II. The two companies to bid for the job were then-bankrupt American Bantam Car Company and Willys-Overland.
Based upon the cheap but rough-and-tumble vehicle it came up with, Bantam was awarded the contract. Since the Bantam’s engine didn’t make enough torque, the military specified the Willys engine for the final product. …
Via: Mashable: Tech