Wednesday, July 29, 2015
An interesting Twitter conversation emerged today about how a children’s book would dare call a Jeep a “car.” Such heresy! I mentioned that I had heard very early Jeeps called “scout cars” in a Ford promotional film.
To confirm my memory, I did a bit of research and found this great book, “Jeep Color History,” by Steve Statham, on Google Books. On pages 19 and 20 was the proof:
“the military would have to set forth the specifications it wanted for its proposed scout car and worked with automakers to create the final product. … The early scout cars from Bantam, Willys and Ford were not immediately labeled “Jeeps”; than name came later.”
The book is out of print, but I ordered an inexpensive used copy from Amazon.com. Can hardly wait to see the real thing!