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Manufacturer

: Willy’s and Ford

Successor

: Willys M38

Features

: Plastic steering wheel, hinged passenger front seat

Engines

: 4-cylinder. side valves

Displacement

: 2199 cc

Wheelbase

: 80 inches (203 cm)

Length

: 131 inches (333 cm)

Width

: 62 inches (157.5 cm)

Height

: 72 inches (183 cm) with top up

Curb weight:

: 2,293 lb (1040 kg)

Fuel capacity

: 15 U.S. gallons (12 imp gal/57 L)

By the time World War II was dawning, the United States Department of War were seeking a standardized light cross-country and reconnaissance vehicle and under the leadership of designer Karl Probst, American bantam Car Company, presented Army officials with the first of what would eventually evolve into the World War II US Army Jeeps: the Willys MB and Ford GPW. Manufactured from 1941 to 1945, during World War II, Willys produced 363,000 Jeeps and Ford some 280,000. The term "jeep" was used by soldiers for any untried or untested piece of personnel or equipment. Willys made its first 25,000 MB Jeeps with a welded flat iron "slat" radiator grille. It was Ford who first designed and implemented the now familiar and distinctive stamped, slotted steel grille into its cars, which was lighter, used fewer resources, and was less costly to produce. Engines 4-cyl. side valves, 134 CID (2199 cc), 60 hpWheelbase: 80 inches (203 cm) leaf springs, shock absorbers in all 4; full hydraulic brakes in all 4; handbrake assembly at rear of transfer case. Even today, some 65 years later, Jeep's makers proudly retain the historical connection to the visage of their ancestors by using a trademarked grille featuring a standard number of vertical openings or 'slots'.