eep is one of the most popular car brands in the United States. While they may have started their lives as military vehicles, ever since the first civilian model was offered in 1947, American’s just haven’t been able to get enough. In fact, to Jeep enthusiasts it’s not just a car brand, Jeep is a lifestyle. There are fan sites, clubs, and conferences all dedicated to what was once just an army troop moving vehicle.
With such a devoted fan base and colorful history, it’s no wonder that the story of Jeep is almost as adventurous as driving one. Here are seven incredible facts about Jeeps.
Jeep is the Most Popular Car on Long Island
A check in the New York DMV records shows that there were 132,703 Jeeps registered on Long Island in March 2017. Of that number 27,860 Were Jeep wranglers
First Compact SUV
The Cherokee was first built in 1974 and became the country’s first compact SUV
Jeep has enjoyed several slots as the car of choice on TV, including co-starring roles on Mork and Mindy, and as Daisy Duke’s ride of choice on Dukes of Hazzard.
7 Slot Grill
The Iconic 7 slot stamped grill has been in use since the CJ model Jeep rolled off the lines in 1947. The original Willys Jeep had 13 slots, the Ford WW2 Jeep had 9 slots, and so to avoid copyright issues Jeep went with 7.
While Jeep has been known for its famous round headlights for decades, there was a point from 1985 – 1995 when the company switched to square headlamps.
There is No 1996 Model
You’ll never find a used 1996 Jeep Wrangler. That’s because there isn’t one. After the 1995 models were completely sold out, Jeep began a redesign on the front end and switched back to round headlights. This model was introduced in 1997.
The Jeep Wrangler is the only production car that is designed to have its door removed.
Jeep is one of the most Iconic brands in the world. Why not test drive one today, and experience the Jeep way of life.