15How the Jeep Got Its Name

Jeep Through the Ages

Some people will tell you that the jeep is just a bastardized version the acronym GP for General Purpose (car) which was the vehicles official designation, but it actually predated the vehicle by about four years. Eugene the Jeep was a popular character in the Popeye comic strips from 1936 on. Like the car, it was small but possessed some amazing powers so hanging the moniker on the Army’s new toy was kind of a natural for U.S. soldiers.

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