Jeep Facts

Jeep Facts

Here are a few of our favorite Jeep facts. Have one of your own? Share it with us on Facebook!

The Name.
Many say the name "Jeep" comes from the initials "GP," which stands for "General Purpose," which was how the US Army referred to their new utility vehicle. But people also say the name "Jeep" comes from a recurring Popeye cartoon character named "Eugene the Jeep." The thing about Eugene the Jeep? He had the ability to go anywhere and do anything. Sound familiar?

The War.
It's estimated that over a half-million Jeeps were produced in the first five years of World War II; one was even awarded the Purple Heart after it survived two beach landings.

An Icon is Born.
When World War II ended in 1945, the CJ model - short for Civilian Jeep - was marketed for public sale to delivery drivers, farmers, and construction workers. In 1987, the Jeep CJ was rebranded as (you guessed it) the Jeep Wrangler.

7-Slot Grill.
Jeep models include some form of a 7-slot grill. Some say they represent the seven summits, others say they're for the seven wonders of the world, we just call them the Lucky Sevens. For Jeep's 75th Anniversary they explored the 7-slot legend.

1996.
What happened in 1996? Nothing. No Jeep Wranglers were produced in 1996. So if you're looking for a 1996 Wrangler, we advise you to stop.

Free & Doorless.
The Jeep Wrangler is the only vehicle (purposefully) designed to have its doors come off.

Did You Know?

During Jeep's 75th Anniversary celebration Jeep lovers worldwide shared their own Jeep adventures through stories, photos, and films. You can check out this special collection of Jeep tales and share your own using #myjeepstory.

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