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American Jeep Front Grille SOLD

Product code: 102025

American Jeep front grille.

Dimensions: 100 cms W x 55 cms H x 18 cms D

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Description

The original Jeep that was designed for WWII in 1940 and had nine slots on its grille.  One €œfan theory€ that Jeep lovers have is that the Jeep was the first vehicle to drive on all seven continents before any other one. It’s a pretty solid theory given that the Jeep was originally a war vehicle.

Any explanations of the origin of the word jeep have proven difficult to verify. The most widely held theory is that the military designation GP (for Government Purposes or General Purpose) was slurred into the word Jeep .  Joe Frazer, Willys-Overland President from 1939 to 1944, claimed to have coined the word jeep by slurring the initials G.P.  There are no contemporaneous uses of “GP” before later attempts to create a “backronym.”

This Jeep has 7 slots. When World War 2 ended in 1945, Willys wanted to sell the Willys MB in the civilian market. However, the grille design with nine slots belonged to Ford, so Willys couldn€™t trademark it. This led Willys to subtract two of the slots, giving them the seven-slot grille which has become the face of Jeep® vehicles and was enough of a change for Willys to be able to trademark the grille design. By the end of 1945, Willys had produced the Willys Civilian Jeep.

Product Code: 102025

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