A direct descendant of the Pygmy, the Ford GP was an updated model
produced under an initial contract for 1,500 vehicles each from Ford,
Willys and Bantam. As Lend-Lease requirements increased and the Willys
design was finalized for mass production, more GP's were ordered and
Ford ended up building 4,456 units, most of which went to Lend-Lease.
Contrary to popular belief, the GP did not stand for "General Purpose."
GP was a Ford engineering term, "G" for a government contract vehicle
and "P" for 80-inch-wheelbase Reconaissance Car. Of the three early
jeep models, the Ford has the most remaining specimens; about 200 are
known to remain, including Steve Greenberg's restored '41. (Steve
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