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Manufactured from 1941 to 1945 during World War II, these small four-wheel utility vehicles are considered an iconic workhorse hero. A multi-purpose vehicle, Jeeps were used to carry officers between camps, served as mobile communications stations, machine gun and mortar platforms, hauling supplies and countless other roles. At the peak of production, assembly lines were turning out one Jeep every 90 seconds. The Ford Jeep's initial cost to produce during the war was approximately $780.00 and about 280,000 were produced by Ford Motor Co. alone. 

History of the name "Jeep"

The origin of of the word Jeep is difficult to verify. One account of the origin began when the prototypes were being proven at military bases. Jeep was the term used by Army mechanics for any untried or untested vehicle. Some claim it was coined by slurring the initials G. P. (Ford). And others have claimed it was named by soldiers after the 1940s popularity of Popeye's cartoon pet called Eugene The Jeep who could solve seemingly impossible problems with its multi purpose capabilities. The Jeep would go on to see combat duty in the Korean War as well as the Vietnam War in all degrees of conduct. In the post-war decades, the line continued in large-scale use with the US Army and continually improved until 1981, at which time it was formally replaced in part by other light vehicles and ultimately, the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle ("HUMVEE"). 

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Engine / Horsepower

54 hp 4 cylinder gasoline-fueled 4,000 rpm three speed manual transmission system


Maximum Speed - 65 mph

Maximum Range 301 Miles

Crew - 1 to 4


Ford Motor Co. - USA

Initial Year of Service