Sharp Magazine Middle East (English) - - Auto -

the MB. But the Army, and the world, came to know it as the Jeep. Some claimed that the name came from the slur­ring of the let­ters “GP,” the mil­i­tary ab­bre­vi­a­tion for “Gen­eral Pur­pose.” Oth­ers say the ve­hi­cle was named af­ter “Eu­gene the Jeep”, a pop­u­lar char­ac­ter from the Pop­eye car­toon strip. What­ever its ori­gin, the name en­tered into Amer­i­can vo­cab­u­lary and, for a while, served al­most as a generic ti­tle for off-road ve­hi­cles.

Willys-over­land went on to build more than 368,000 ve­hi­cles, and the rugged, re­li­able olive-drab ve­hi­cle would for­ever be known for help­ing win a world war. Willys trade­marked the “Jeep” name af­ter the war and planned to turn the ve­hi­cle into an off-road util­ity ve­hi­cle for the farm - the civil­ian Univer­sal Jeep. One of Willys’ slo­gans at the time was “The Sun Never Sets on the Mighty Jeep,” and the com­pany set about mak­ing sure the world rec­og­nized Willys as the cre­ator of the ve­hi­cle.

How many of th­ese key his­tor­i­cal Jeep civil­ian ve­hi­cles - and their model codes, some of which have be­come leg­ends in their own right - can you re­mem­ber?

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