Back in July 2016, Jeep celebrated a big milestone – it’s 75th Anniversary. The Jeep brand is already the most iconic in America, coming in at number 1 on a recent survey, where it was up against Coca Cola, Pepsi & Levis. Jeep is a big deal.
Looking back at the past 7 decades, Jeep has adapted amazingly well to the market, releasing new models at the right time and responding well to demand from the Jeep fraternity.
Owning a Jeep is very different to any other vehicle on the planet, you’re part of a community, other brands just don’t have the same appeal.
Jeeps are more than meets the eye, there are tons of awesome facts about the Jeep brand.
Let’s take you through some of the coolest.
1) Presidential owner
Ronald Reagan owned a Jeep CJ8 and famously drove it round his ranch in California. Not every car sorry automotive brand can claim a presidential owner!
2) Seven slot grille was once 13
In the 1940 design the model featured 13 slots, in 1941 it went to 9 before finally going to 7 after which is the Jeep we all love today.
3) Military roots
The first Jeeps were designed by the American Bantam Car Company in Pennsylvania for military applications, the manufacturing was ultimately taken over by Willys-Overland and when the army put a call out for bids to develop a military grade vehicle, Willys easily won with the first ever ‘Wrangler” model.
4) Round peg in a square hole
Jeep is famous for the round headlights but when the brand take out with the Jeep YJ which featured square-shaped headlights, the Jeep world went crazy. Needless to say Jeep reverted back, as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
5) Original grille was designed by Ford
Unfortunately, it was originally intended for Ford models, Jeep didn’t actually create the concept for the infamous slots!
6) Used for mud-slinging
Enzo Ferrari referred to the Jeep as “the only American sports car”, it was meant to insult the Chervrolet Corvette when it first debuted. This seriously boosted the ego of Jeep!
7) No doors? No problem
Jeeps are the only vehicles in production to be made to have the doors taken off, they’re able to transform thanks to this one-of-a-kind design.
8) It’s all in a name
In the United States, Jeep is specific to the brand – Jeep. Around the world, “Jeep” is a term used to describe any off-road SUV, really confusing but also awesome that Jeep has been the generic term for off-roading globally!
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