Willys Jeep

Willys-Overland company1943/1943

Nuremberg Municipal Museums

Nuremberg Municipal Museums

2,200 cc inline-four engine. 60 metric HP. The world's first all-terrain vehicle was the product of a call for bids from the U.S. Department of War. The request went out to all American automotive manufacturers to develop a vehicle weighing no more than 1300 pounds (590 kg), seating at least three, and equipped with hydraulic brakes, four-wheel drive, and a four-cylinder engine. The prototype from Willys-Overland ultimately won the contract. Though offering little in the way of comfort, it could handle extreme terrain, was sturdily built and easy to repair – and cost just 740 dollars. The jeep at the Museum for Industrial Culture served in the U.S. Army for decades before finally arriving in Norway, where it was decommissioned in 1989 and shipped by air to Nuremberg.

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  • Title: Willys Jeep
  • Creator: Willys-Overland company
  • Date: 1943/1943
  • Provenance: Museum Industriekultur
  • Type: Car