| 27/11/2013 | 0 Comments

Omix-ADA displayed several wartime Jeeps – including three early prototypes – at this year’s SEMA show.

Historic_Jeep_PrototypesThe collection includes a variety of historically significant Jeeps, chronicling the brand’s history from pre-WWII prototypes through an amphibious Jeep to the modern day Wrangler JK. The three prototypes being brought to this year’s SEMA show include a Ford GP, a Bantam BRC40 and a Willys MA, all from 1941, as part of its celebration of Jeep military history. The prototypes that Ford, Bantam, and Willys motor companies sent to the U.S. government proved to be incredibly reliable and easily maneuverable in battle. They revolutionized vehicle combat and set the standard for other fighting vehicles thereafter.

1951_Willys_M38The 1941 Willys MA was a sturdy Jeep prototype built for testing prior to US participation in WWII. This particular MA was also driven over the Rubicon Trail in 1951 during the first Jeepers Jamboree.

1943_Ford_GPAThe second prototype, a 1941 Bantam BRC40, was the third generation of a development vehicle from Bantam, succeeding the original Bantam Pilot and the BRC60. Although the military recognized the benefits of the Bantam BRC40, Bantam’s inability to meet wartime production needs left Ford and Willys as the two main manufacturers during the war.

1952_Willys_M38The 1941 Ford GP was Ford’s second prototype vehicle developed for the war effort. Small in size and lightweight, these new vehicles were designed to carry out a number of duties including quick troop transport, towing anti-tank guns and other light auxiliary and artillery pieces. The Ford GP was the basis for many of the design features that became part of the standard WWII Army Jeep.

Display“Our collection includes more than 20 military and civilian Jeeps built between 1941 and 2013. This is just a small sampling of the vehicles being preserved by Omix-ADA,” said Dave Logan, Product Manager at Omix-ADA, the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler with a full line of Jeep parts, everything from the earliest Ford, Bantam and Willys to the latest Wrangler JK, and in between.

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