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Old 05-30-2009, 09:33 PM   #15
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Heres a little exerpt from the History of the Jeep,

Overland, Bantam and Ford’s Jeep models summed up that they each had their own strengths and weaknesses. Ford was working on a redesigned prototype called the Ford GP and Willy’s had a new prototype called the MA. After further testing around July 1941, Willy’s came out on top with a contract for 16,000 revised MA models. The new MA models were known as the MB models. It is ironic because the contract for 16,000 Jeep vehicles almost went to Ford for the simple reason that they had the production capability superior to anybody at the time

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Old 05-30-2009, 09:38 PM   #16
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Got it. So a GP/MA/MB variant basically refers to an "original" Jeep. That would be a cool find.



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Old 05-30-2009, 09:57 PM   #17
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I've never heard of a 1/4 ton referred to as an "MB", what does that designation stand for?

Two companies produced the vast majority of jeeps during WWII. Ford and Willy's.

Fords were known as GPW's and Willy's were MB's. Both were built to the same pattern and specs.

Bantam who came up with the original winning design had no real ability to build the numbers needed so they got the consolation prize of building jeep trailers.

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