The Jeep Company known for its sturdy four wheel drive vehicles has celebrated its 75th birthday with style and panache. The enterprise has marked the special occasion with a reissue of an old edition Wrangler.
The Jeep Wrangler came into being a long time ago. It was manufactured in 1941. In mid-July of that year, it started hitting the roads. Willys-Overland received orders from the US government to build what would become famous later on as the “Jeep” vehicle.
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Today, Jeep has come a long way since those primitive times. That is why it is celebrating its 75th birthday with the re-manufacturing of a WWII-themed Wrangler.
However, it probably won’t make it to the roads which is a tragedy since the enthusiasts are already clamoring for the ownership of one of these bare-bone babies.
It is designed keeping in mind the current Wrangler Sport. The original Willys MB has been copied down to the last details. There are no B-pillars, doors or roll bars for that matter.
The whole scheme is one that illustrates sheer functionality rather than pure form. The 16 inch steel wheels are wrapped in 32 inch tires. Besides this, hood latches, steel front fenders and backside bumpers with hooks are part of the design. The back seats are made of canvas.
This strong and sturdy vehicle will start rolling off the assembly line at Toledo, Ohio. This is the town that has been churning out Jeep Wranglers since decades.
Jeep has a variegated history of tough-as-nails vehicles that are made for off-road operations. The macho image of hardened military men riding roughshod in these basic 4WD monsters is one that is literally dripping with testosterone.
Way back in 1940, the US military announced that it was in search of a light reconnaissance vehicle that would take the place of motorcycles and Model-T roadsters, according to AutoBlog.
Many manufacturers participated in the challenge to make the ultimate survivor in the wilderness and wasteland areas. Willys-Overland managed to fit the bill. His company made a vehicle that matched the army’s requirements to a T.
So it was decided that he would get the contract. The army renamed the vehicle as the ”Jeep”. Soon many such vehicles were participating in war operations around the world. Since then, this rough and tough roadster has earned quite a reputation for itself as an “army thing” par excellence.