On the Road Cover Story
, cars.com On the Road Weekly Publication
| Jul 13, 2011
| 12:05 PM
The first Jeep, made in 1941 by the Willys-Overland Company in response to the U.S. military's call for a new light reconnaissance vehicle, was a quarter-ton, four-wheel-drive machine. It was practical, plain and had a gearshift on the steering column and low body cutouts.