5 thoughts on “1944 Jeep Willys”

  1. Willys Overland designed the Jeep, but depending on whose version you believe, couldn’t produce enough numbers for the government. The government bought the design and farmed it out to bigger manufacturers. Ford, GM, Chrysler. I have also read that the name “Jeep” was derived from the short form of government production. GP

  2. Your definition is sort of correct. It was designed and prototyped in 90 Day total by the American Bantam Car Company of Butler, PA. Bantam’s opportunity for growth came with the competition to develop a new 1/4-ton four wheel drive vehicle for the U.S. Army. Out of this competition with Ford and Willy-Overland, American Bantam’s design laid the ground work for what would be forever known as the Jeep. However, due to Bantam’s limited facilities and the production requirement of 75 units a day before WWII began, the U.S. Army gave the high-volume contracts to Ford and Willys-Overland. American Bantam would find its World War Two niche as a manufacturer of various types of trailers. the initial approved design was no other than Bantam’s

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