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1942 Willys MB 'Jeep'

1942 Willys MB 'Jeep' in Shania Twain: That Don't Impress Me Much, Music Video, 1998 IMDB

Class: Cars, Off-road / SUV — Model origin: US

1942 Willys MB 'Jeep'

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle



2007-05-01 19:04

Willys MB 'Jeep'I think

Alexander DE

2007-05-01 19:30


4x4peru US

2007-05-02 04:09

I keep telling you guys the Willys MB & Ford GPW is a "jeep". The "Jeep" did not come about until after WWII after a lengthly court battle when Willys won the rights to the name "Jeep" which is how it has been since and passed along to the parent company. A jeep and a Jeep are two different vehicles...if you want to be correct. Of course most any small 4x4 is a Jeep to most people. Just so you know.

Alexander DE

2007-05-02 11:35

4x4peru wrote ... A jeep and a Jeep are two different vehicles ...

The etymology of the word jeep goes back a bit further, back to the first world war, and was used for new recruits and unproven machinery. In the 1930s the word became popular as a name for a number of vehicles and a very popular figure in the Popeye comic strips:
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Eugene the Jeep

Here is a nice abstract about the use of 'Jeep' as a name.

Legal problems started in 1944 and lasted until 1950, when Willys won the right to use 'Jeep' as a trademark. Looking at the history of the word it is rather strange that the company that started to use the name last got the rights. Probably a matter of briefcases full of printed paper ... with unregistered serial numbers.

So for the Willys MB and following it was always a name, in the beginning not official, therefore in inverted kommas. Later it became part of the brand name and later again the sole brand name.

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