"Jeep chronicles the history of this uniquely American brand, starting with its wartime inception and moving through the 20th century, fully illustrated throughout and loaded with facts and sidebars"--
DIVThe definitive, fully illustrated celebration of an auto manufacturer that paved its own way by going off-road./divDIV /divDIVFew American vehicles, or vehicles made anywhere else in the world for that matter, are as universally iconic as the Jeep. From olive drab WWII military relics to the beloved Wrangler with its rear-mounted spare tire, open-air design, and telltale roll cage, the Jeep is a true classic. In Jeep: The History of America’s Greatest Vehicle, automotive writer Patrick R. Foster chronicles over 70 years of Jeep vehicle design and production. Beginning with the Jeep as a crucial component of the American World War II fleet, Foster expertly recounts the corporate shifts, financial struggles and successes, close calls, and—above all—the enduring machines that have carried Jeep from the early 1940s to its triumphant role as a modern-day embodiment of American perseverance. Three hundred color and black-and-white historical photos complement his expertly written narrative of Jeep’s entire history, reminding us that sometimes, the road less traveled was just waiting for the right truck./div
The Story of a Legend &break;&break;Pat Foster's award-winning The Story of Jeep is back - bigger, more colorful, and more complete than ever. With updates on models from 2000 through 2005, Foster's new tribute to "the world's greatest fighting machine" is an essential part of any Jeep lover's library. &break;&break;In this history-packed, full-color second edition, the country's preeminent Jeep writer and historian details Jeep's roller-coaster history, from the early war-time prototypes, to the Kaiser and AMC eras, to the big buyout by Chrysler. &break;&break;With the help of more than 400 photos, Foster expertly tells the tale of how Jeep has evolved from a military workhorse, to 4x4 pioneer, to popular family hauler, all the while retaining its place as a great American icon.
The jeep was the most famous military vehicle of World War II, and its name has become synonymous with a whole class of military and civilian all-terrain vehicles. The jeep originated in a prewar US Army requirement for a simple, inexpensive, and robust vehicle for basic utility chores. Its simple design proved to be adaptable to a host of military tasks including use as a scout vehicle, battlefield ambulance, communications vehicle, and staff car. This book, covering "the savior of World War II†?, focuses on the design and development of this versatile vehicle used on nearly every front of World War II.
Adapted from a spartan military design, Jeep is today an integral part of the DaimlerChrysler family and a major player in the SUV market. This color history profiles Jeep's remarkable evolution, from the delivery of the first Willys Overland model to Allied military services in 1941, through its years as the bedrock of American Motors, and on to its acquisition by Chrysler. Striking color photography and evocative archival images of classic Jeeps from throughout the years depict such popular and collectible models as CJs, pickups, Jeepsters, Forward Control trucks, military Jeeps, Wagoneers, Cherokees, and Wranglers.
The Jeep, despite its small engine and public underestimation, represents the most well known example of an American manufacturer’s success at making the transition from war propaganda to mainstream popular advertising. Made famous by the appearance of a few articles, images of the Jeep could be found everywhere: on stationary, match boxes, playing cards, and appeared to invade America and then the world. The firm Willys further strengthened the phenomenon by inundating the press with large format color advertisements in order to compete with Bantam, the original maker of the engine. While the group was in reality too small to tackle both the demand of this project and the needs of their major client Ford, Willys was nevertheless able to dominate the publicity about the all terrain vehicle by devoting excellent illustrators to the job. Given the firm’s success, the image of the Jeep was thus highly exploited and used in other campaigns advertising the promotion of other products, personnel recruitment, as well as a variety of other items. Organized by product, Hadacek’s work gathers together a superb collection of illustrations and material, retracing an entire period focused on a vehicle that initially went unnoticed but quickly became a major symbol of postwar ingenuity.
With it's beginnings in pre -WWII America, and now Incredibly popular globally the CJ Jeep is widely regarded as Americas workhorse. This fascinating book charts the history and evolution of probably the most successful utility vehicle ever made. Hundreds of color photos help tell the CJs story from it's amazing record in wartime to it's popular civilian evolution.
Traces the history of the jeep from the delivery of the first jeeps to the allied military in 1941 through the changes of ownership in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies to the end of CJ production and the new style Cherokee.
WW2 Jeeps - Prototypes, Production Models & Special Versions
Author: Graham Scott
Publisher: Herridge & Sons Limited
This book covers Second World War versions of the legendary Jeep – prototypes, production models and special versions. There are 11 wartime Jeep variants covered – Bantam BRC-40, Budd Pygmy, Willys MA, Ford GP, Willys MB, Willys MB of the Long-Range Desert Group, Ford GPW, Ford GPA or 'Seep', 6x6 MT-TUG, T28 Half-Track and the heavily armed SAS Willys MB. Each model's section opens with a brief text introduction followed by specially commissioned color photographs with fascinating and detailed captions.
An accessibly priced, revised edition of an extensively illustrated, officially licensed guide to the first six generations of Corvette models shares in-depth coverage of each prototype and experimental model as well as the anniversary and pace cars and specialty packages for street and competition driving. Original.
The 70th birthday of the Jeep brand is a testament of great tradition and expertise in sustained success. Fascinating photographs from the family album tell the stirring history of Jeep. It takes a look into the future and shows what Jeep customers can e
The Rise and Fall of America's Last Independent Automaker
Author: Patrick R. Foster
DIVIn American Motors Corporation: The Rise and Fall of America's Last Independent Automaker, author Patrick Foster provides the ultimate inside look into an American corporation that rose from the death throes of a once-thriving independent auto industry, putting up a valiant fight for nearly half a century before succumbing to the inexorable will of the corporate machine. Born from the ashes of Hudson and Nash, AMC represented a last, desperate attempt at survival for an independent automobile company. Thanks to the steady, capable leadership of George Romney, the company not only survived, but thrived, riding on the success of the firm's small, economical cars like the Rambler. But when competition arose from Ford, Plymouth, and Chevrolet and the market began to shift toward performance and luxury cars, AMC found itself poorly prepared to compete with its bigger rivals. With the fuel crisis of the 1970s, the small cars from AMC once again refilled corporate coffers, and the firm's purchase of the Jeep brand also generated profits—but ultimately, it was too little, too late. Even a partnership with French automaker Renault and the introduction of all-wheel-drive cars couldn't save AMC. In 1987, Chrysler Corporation purchased AMC and the story of the last independent automaker came to an end. This engaging book, from one of America’s best-known automotive writers, tells the entire AMC story from its inception to its ultimate demise. /div
In July 1917 Ford Motor Company introduced a one-ton chassis for commercial trucks, marking what many historians feel was its official entry into the dedicated truck business. Prior to this the company had offered commercial cars, including depot hacks and delivery van bodies mounted on its standard passenger car chassis. Dealers had also offered small after-market pickup beds that could be placed on the rear of a Model T car to convert it to a pickup. But with the debut of the rugged Model TT truck chassis, Ford was firmly in the truck market. Eight years later it introduced its first factory-produced pickup, a sturdy half-ton job that met with great acceptance. During the century that has passed since that first Ford truck chassis, the F-series has become the best-selling truck in the world, and the best-selling vehicle of any type in America. Every year the company sells over 700,000 F-series trucks, and well over 1.5 million trucks of all types, just in the U.S. It's an amazing success. Ford Tough: 100 Years of Ford Trucks tells the entire Ford truck story from the very beginning, when Ford got its start in truck production. This book provides the history of the wide array of models Ford has built over the past century, including the Model A roadster pick-up, stylish 81C pickups, legendary 1948 F-1, Bronco, Courier, Ranchero, Econoline.
Since its release in 2007, the JK has become wildly popular and nearly 1 million units have been sold in North America. With a wider track and longer wheelbase, the Wrangler JK is roomier, more comfortable, and delivers better on-road performance than its predecessor. However, it needs serious chassis, suspension, and drivetrain upgrades to tackle demanding off-road terrain and rock crawling. A full complement of heavy-duty suspension, chassis, steering, drivetrain, and high-performance engine parts has been developed for this platform. Co-authors Don Alexander and Quinn Thomas offer comprehensive guidance for making key modifications and selecting the best parts to transform your JK into a superior off-road performer. Lift kits from 1.75 to 5 inches are available, so you can fit off-road wheels and tires for exceptional traction. Suspension springs, specially calibrated coil-over shocks, and sway bars must work in concert to provide the correct suspension articulation and ride quality to scale obstacles and negotiate terrain. To increase durability and essential reliability, pitman arms, drop links, driveline parts, steering boxes, and skid plates are examined. Because the drivetrain must be ready for off-road service, the authors cover the most rugged and reliable axle assemblies available. Exhaust, intake, and electronic engine mapping upgrades make the Jeep 3.6- and 3.8-liter V-6 engines much more potent. If you believe that paved roads are simply access-ways to the open range, you and your JK need this book. It contains the vital information to convert any mild-mannered street vehicle into an all-conquering off-road rig. Whether it’s lift kits, wheels, tires, drivetrain, or suspension and engine parts, this volume provides detailed information, insightful guidance, and installation instructions, so you build an off-road JK to handle the toughest terrain.
International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History tells the complete story of the light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks, vans, and station wagons built by International Harvester during over a century of production.
An American classic! This new book is a detailed, highly illustrated look at the legendary World War II era Jeep. Detailed text discusses Jeep planning, development and production, then moves into its World War II variants, specialized equipment, accessories and use by other Allied forces. Nearly 200 high-quality color and war-era photos show the Jeep in its many functions. Up-close, detailed images show the differences between variant types. This book is a concise reference for the Jeep enthusiast, historian and restorer.
Although there have been many Jeep books, this is the first complete history of the Willys-Overland passenger cars, civilian trucks (as well as civilian and military Jeeps) along with the corporation's history. Illustrated with rare and unusual factory photos and period ads, the Willys-Overland saga begins in 1903 when the Standard Wheel Company began making Overland cars. Soon after, auto dealer John North Willys was forced by circumstances to rescue the failing Overland company. By 1916 Willys had become the second-best selling car in the world. Prospering in the '20s but then bankrupt a decade later, the firm crawled back from the edge in time to win the all-important Jeep contract that ensured Willys would survive. Even after Kaiser Motors bought Willys in 1953 its products were still branded Willys until 1963 when the name was phased out. The final new Willys Jeep introduced - the Wagoneer - became a legend in its own right. Also covered are the pre-war coupes modified into high-powered racers.