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The word 'jeep' was first coined by U.S. Army mechanics for an untested vehicle used during World War II. This word has evolved drastically over the decades into a brand for sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The Willys MB was a U.S. Army Jeep, manufactured from 1941 to 1945 for World War II. Similar versions of the 4x4 are still made and are popular. Used Willys Jeeps are available in South Africa.
Characteristics of Jeeps
The civilian jeep, or CJ, is a common Willys Jeep. It has small grills with circular headlights. The frame of a jeep has only two doors and appears to be rugged for off-roading with heavily treaded tyres. Distinctive, thick bars surround the vehicle as well as an extra tyre attached to the back. Some used Willy jeeps have a cover that wraps around the bars to enclose the vehicle with window-like applications. Others have no enclosure. Some do not even have actual doors. Other than the windshield, the entire jeep has open-air space. Many colours are available, but blue, white, red, and green are the most common. Classic camouflage patterns are also popular.
Children's Willy Jeeps are also manufactured. They have slower speeds with smaller dimensions. Secondhand Willys Jeeps are also made as go-karts. These are characterised by having no windshields or thick poles whatsoever. Both styles are low to the ground and driven on properties instead of main roads.
The Price of Willys and CJs
The price of a Willys jeep depends on the year and condition of each one individually. Some may be from the 1960s and 1970s, and others are brand-new. Used jeeps with low mileage, upgraded features, and custom paint will be more expensive than others that are more worn out. Prices can range from R15 000 to R125 000. However, many prices are negotiable.
Jeeps mimic the types of SUVs driven by the U.S. Army in World War II, and they are popular throughout South Africa. Some are still around from the 1940s, and brand-new ones are made every year.