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The Ford Motor Company jumped into the race after Willys Overland and Bantam after being directly approached. Their first model was called the GP and dubbed the Pygmy as a ¼ ton truck with 4x4. Under the hood was a modified 1966cc four cylinder engine right out of a 9N tractor with a three speed Model A Ford gearbox and Spicer transfer Box. A couple noteworthy features was the overall comfort jeep drivers reported. In addition, the headlamps were put behind the grill where they were less likely to be damaged from rough terrain (stones, pebbles, debris, etc…). The ford version of the Jeep also innovated a way that allowed the headlights to swivel to light up the engine compartment. This was very valuable and allowed maintenance at night.

Overland, Bantam and Ford’s Jeep models summed up that they each had their own strengths and weaknesses. Ford was working on a redesigned prototype called the Ford GP and Willy’s had a new prototype called the MA. After further testing around July 1941, Willy’s came out on top with a contract for 16,000 revised MA models. The new MA models were known as the MB models. It is ironic because the contract for 16,000 Jeep vehicles almost went to Ford for the simple reason that they had the production capability superior to anybody at the time.  Jeeps are great for off road experiences, throughout history.

 

 


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