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Fresh Tires, Old Jeep


All I need now is a new body

Although no one really knows for certain, everyone has their favorite theory about how Willys Quad came to be called the Jeep vehicle. Some people say the Jeep name came from the slurring of the acronym G.P. for General Purpose vehicle, the designation the Army gave to the new vehicle.

Another explanation, according to Col. A.W. Herrington, is that the name was used in Oklahoma as early as 1934 to designate a truck equipped with special equipment for drilling oil wells.

¬†Others claim the vehicle was called a “Jeep,” in reference to the character “Eugene the Jeep” in the 1936 Popeye comic strip by E.C. Edgar. Eugene the Jeep was a small, impish looking animal that had the power to travel back and forth between dimensions and could solve all sorts of problems.

This one rests at The Bernardo Winery in San Diego, California after a long and productive life!

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