Back in the days cars were designed with simplicity in mind, specially during the war effort for the military. In June 1940, with World War II on the horizon, the U.S. Army solicited bids from 135 automakers for a 1/4 ton “light reconnaissance vehicle” tailored to Army specifications. Only three companies responded: Bantam, Willys, and Ford, but, within a year’s time they collectively produced the template for the vehicle known worldwide as the “jeep”. Willys-Overland delivered the prototype “Quad” (named for the 4×4 system it featured), to the U.S. Army on Armistice Day (Veteran’s Day), November of 1940. The design was completed in a remarkable 75 days.
WW2 Willy’s Jeep Assembled in less Than 4 Minutes