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70-year anniversary of the Army Jeep contract

by David Zatz on

Seventy years ago today, Willys-Overland and the United States War Department signed a contract to produce their first quarter-ton 4×4 reconnaissance vehicles (later reclassified as general-purpose trucks). The lightweight trucks were simple and durable, with a powerful engine and tough frame that helped Willys to triumph over Ford’s proposed design.

The original plant has been torn down, but descendants of the little trucks (considerably heavier and larger) are still made in Toledo, Ohio.

(Thanks to MoparNorm and to the Toledo Blade. See our coverage of the development of the Jeep, and of World War II’s MA and MB models).

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