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post #61 of 75 Old 01-16-2014, 09:08 PM
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The original question dealt with the 7 slots in the Jeep grill as well as the how the Jeep name was derived. The 'slot' discussion has been exhausted, so here is a stab at the name:
The name used by the Army was "General Purpose Vehicle"
The name was abbreviate to "G P V"
Then shortened to "G P"
Then spelled phonetically: Jeep
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post #62 of 75 Old 03-24-2014, 08:14 PM
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I heard it was because Jeeps were the first vehicle to drive on all 7 continents. Not sure if it's true, but it sounds cool.
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Because Jeep was the first to travel on all 7 continents is what I heard
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I heard it was because the designer got drunk and forgot to put in the eighth slot

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I heard it was because Jeeps were the first vehicle to drive on all 7 continents. Not sure if it's true, but it sounds cool.
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If this were true than actually the very 1st "Jeeps" built would have 0 slots , since it couldn't have actually driven on a continent before it was produced. The first "Jeep" built by Ford had 9 slots but Willy's couldn't get the trademark for the 9 slots so they decided on 7.

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post #66 of 75 Old 09-26-2014, 07:40 AM
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I googled this after a friend at work asked me if I knew the reason behind the 7 slots on my JK. His reasoning was in reference to the 7 wonders of the world. Of all the threads I've read on this since googling it he is the only one that had that reason.
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So much misinformation. The 'jeep' was designed by jeffrey willys who had 7 toes on his left foot and 3 on his right. He also suffered from double vision but only in his right eye. The least well known fact of jimmy's life is his dog was named bongo and his wife judith hated that dog. But she often bought him treats at the local butchers shop. That butchers shop was later turned into a five and dime. Now simple math tells you that 10-5=7, if youre really bad at simple math. Now you take that with a 5th of scotch and it is very simple logic that shows that 99.99999999999999% of anything has exactly 0 symbolism and the jeep has 7 slots because the designer didnt draw 6 or 8 because he thought 7 looked good.

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So much misinformation. The 'jeep' was designed by jeffrey willys who had 7 toes on his left foot and 3 on his right. He also suffered from double vision but only in his right eye. The least well known fact of jimmy's life is his dog was named bongo and his wife judith hated that dog. But she often bought him treats at the local butchers shop. That butchers shop was later turned into a five and dime. Now simple math tells you that 10-5=7, if youre really bad at simple math. Now you take that with a 5th of scotch and it is very simple logic that shows that 99.99999999999999% of anything has exactly 0 symbolism and the jeep has 7 slots because the designer didnt draw 6 or 8 because he thought 7 looked good.
Finally, an explanation that makes sense.
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Why Jeep has 7 slots on grill

A best kept secret... the 7 slots are used consistently to represent the fact that Jeep was the first vehicle to drive on all 7 continents !!!
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A best kept secret... the 7 slots are used consistently to represent the fact that Jeep was the first vehicle to drive on all 7 continents !!!
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7 Slots of the Jeep Grill

Jeep was the first vehicle to make it on to all 7 continents.
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Just as wrong today as it was 11 years ago when this thread started. The original jeep had a 9 slot grill, owned by Ford. But even that is up for debate as the farther back you go, the more slots you can find and the less 'jeep like' the jeep is. With the size of the grill, the size of the slots, 7 is as many as you can fit. That's the long, short, and entirety of it. There is exactly 0 documentation by ford, willys etc at the time of the change that made any reference whatsoever to the whole 7 continents thing. If it had been intended as a marketing thing, I'm willing to bet someone, somewhere, would have a copy of that ad. Beyond that I believe the first vehicle that really 'conquered' antarctica, was a vw beetle.

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That being said, my adult size jeep has no slots. It has a grid, thus proving its superiority over all baby jeeps!

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I was at an airshow yesterday, and they had 3 old military Jeeps, 2 willy's and one that looked like it was from the beginning of time. the oldest one had the front of a Jeep, i forget how many slots in the grill, but it had ford on the tailgate. wierd.
Willys won the design contest for the Military GPW.
But Ford had the production capacity so there are far more military GPWs with the Ford script than there are with the Willys script.

Once the war was over... Ford lost the license to produce the MJ/CJ series.
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