Looking for a classic off-roader that is also capable and attractive? Leave the Mercedes-Benz’s alone. Trying to track down an old Toyota Land Cruiser? Forget about it. Dream about owning a Daihatsu Taft? Do not waste the money. Just about every argument over what type of car to buy can be simplified as follows: just buy a Jeep. Sure, the cars mentioned above are cool, but Jeeps are just as authentic, and they have an excellent aftermarket support system.
Jeep has always been an American tradition. The incredible history of the Jeep dates back to World War II when it was used as a replacement for the horse to carry soldiers and supplies. It quickly became known as the Armed Force’s best friend. The Jeep was incredibly versatile and virtually indestructible. According to war correspondent Erne Pyle, “I don’t think we could continue the war without the jeep. It does everything. It goes everywhere. It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule, and as agile as a goat.”
The Original Badass All Terrain Vehicle
The Jeep was the original badass vehicle that no one could duplicate. The Japanese tried with the Datsun car. Volkswagen gave it a shot with the Kübelwagen, which was designed by Ferdinand Porsche himself. But none of these cars could compete with the Jeep’s Go-Devil engine and ability to conquer any terrain due to its four-wheel drive components and larger overall weight. The same mentality applies to the Jeep today. It remains as sturdy and capable as ever. Owning one is like paying tribute to the fallen war heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and there is nothing more patriotic than that.