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WILLYS MB "JEEP" In 1940, after World War 11 had broken out, the US general staff ordered various factories to design a light multi-purpoc vehicle with all-wheel drive. The American Bantam Company, Willys Overland, and Ford Motor Co. competed with each other. Willys prototype was chosen, which, after an initial run of 1500 vehicles, went into mass production at the beginning of 19d and reached a total output of 640.000 units out of which 277.000 pieces were produced by Ford under a licensing agrei ment. This shows, that the Jeep was the most widely produced light vehicle of the war industry during World War 11. The Jeep was equipped with a 54 Hp engine and had a capacity of 360 Kg (which was almost always exceeded). It was di tributed to all allied armies, which used it on all fronts. Its use did not even. come to an end in 1946: a great number of Jeeps was used in the Korean War along with models, more recent design. The Jeep must be considered as the best light vehicle ever produced for battle purposes. Its maintenance was simpl easily maneouvered, very robust, it showed its excellent qualities on any kind of terrain, where it could master obstacle and grades of up to 60%. Even today, many Jeeps dating back to WW 11 are still in use. Thanks to the excellent design of the initial prototype, many special-purpose variants could be produced, such as a self propelled anti-tatik gun, or a fully armoured version, as well as one running on tracks. TECHNICAL DATA: 1/4 t. 4 x 4 truck "MB". Engine: 4 cylindre, 2200 cc. 54 HP max., at 4000 RPM. Weight 11 12 Kg. ME weight 1475 Kg. Drive wheels: 4. Gears: 3 forward + 1 reverse for low range. Speed 104 KMH. Fuel consumption: 1 1. 1./100 Km. Length 3359 mm. Width 1575 mm. Height 1770 mm. Total output 639245 units.