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If you are thinking about purchasing a sporty vehicle strong enough to finesse rocky road, chances are, one make comes to your mind: Jeep. We might all agree that Jeeps are one of the coolest and greatest looking vehicles in the world with certainly some of the most interesting features. Jeep was more or less invented the modern SUV in the early '60s, but no one really knows where the original nonsensical name of "jeep" comes from, when it reached 21,000-mile road trip through some of the world's harshest terrain from the southern Chile to the northern Alaska. Below are some secret things you may not ever know about Jeep.

The first jeep was originally designed in just 48 hours

With the United States' involvement in WWII on the horizon, the government recognized it necessary to replace its old fleet of Model T's, and need a lightweight, three-seat, small, four-wheel drive vehicle “Light Reconnaissance And Command Car”. Karl Probst started working on his design for a barely-solvent truck company called Bantam on 17th of July, 1940, and finished in just two days. On the 22nd of July, the entire proposal of a Jeep including cost estimates was submitted.

No one actually knows why it was named “Jeep”

While people have common thought that “jeep” is a model truncation of General Purpose vehicle, or GP, but actually that seems wrong. Ford’s version was officially named GPW, in which G stands for Government, P indicates the distance between the wheels (80 inches), and W means Willys, since the vehicles Ford produced were technically under license from Willys. Alternately, some say it commonly referred to all military prototypes as “jeeps,” and that “peeps” even entered the lexicon briefly. However, there is the most interesting theory is that Jeep is named after a cartoon character. This little guy’s name is Eugene the Jeep. He’s a character in “Popeye” that was first drawn up a few years prior to the Bantam 4x4 model.

Most automakers copied the original Jeep

Land Rover has had some innovations on the Series I, however, Toyota even used “Jeep” in its advertisement (shown), until it was convinced to change to Land Cruiser. Ford, of the first five automotive manufacturers, has two most famoust models - the Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 "Pygmy" (1940) is America's oldest known Jeep and the Pygmy Jeep (2015) as being one of America's most significant vehicles. The grille evolved from having 13 slots in the original 1940 design iteration, to nine ones in the 1941 production model, and eventually seven in 1945. Plenty of other companies around the world including Mitsubishi have also made copies under license.

Advantages of Jeeps

A jeep often has an unique styling or classic design serves as both an SUV and a convertible that you can enjoy driving during all weather conditions and in all four seasons. You may find yourself becoming a do-it-yourself mechanic, as this simply constructed vehicle is easy to repair. One important thing is that Jeeps can last for many years and thousands of miles for a relatively low price and good value. This powerful small size and light weight vehicle makes it a cinch to swing into tight spots handling well on pavement, sand, mud, water, snow, and so on.

Our dealerships are offering cheap prices and special offers on certified used Jeeps for sale, including Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, Compass, Patriot, etc. Each Jeep SUV for sale is thoroughly checked by a certified technician and must pass a detailed inspection before being sold as a certified used vehicle. For more information, please check our inventory online for used jeeps and certified used vehicles for sale and we will help you choose the car that meet all your demands.

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