Courtesy: Annette McLeod
Wartime, and among the survivors is the Jeep. Chrysler introduces an ignition key. Massive-looking vehicles with a shallow greenhouse like Buick’s Roadmaster and the Desoto hit the road, and wood exterior panels show up on Chrysler’s Town & Country wagon.
The Willys MB US Army Jeep (formally the Truck, 1/4 ton, 4×4), along with the nearly identical Ford GPW, was manufactured from 1941 to 1945. The small four-wheel drive utility vehicles are considered the iconic World War II vehicle, and would inspire many similar Light Utility vehicles. Over the years, the World War II Jeep later evolved into “CJ” civilian Jeep and has been recognized as a symbol of rugged individualism in twentieth century American History.