- Right before entry of the US into WW2, the US Infantry recognized a need for a light reconnaissance vehicle. During the summer of 1940, American Bantam Car Company developed the 1/4-ton vehicle that would revolutionize warfare. Sadly, the first company to deliver the vehicle would not end up producing them for the war.
These make great gifts. It is not too early to be thinking about Christmas and the Holidays!
You also might be interested in two books that together give the most complete story of how the jeep was built: Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942 and Project Management in History: The First Jeep (Project Management in History Series) (Volume 1). The first book was written by a Quartermaster Corps historian and does a great jeep of letting us all in on the story of the early jeep. This was book was written in 1943. The second book fills in the details of the great little company that built the first jeep delivered to the US Army in 1940.