Tested and protoyped by Ford through most of the fifties, the M151
MUTT ("Multipurpose Utility Tactical Transport") went into production in 1959 and
became the principal combat Jeep of the Vietnam era. It was produced by
Kaiser Jeep and AM General, as well as Ford. It had a
four wheel independent suspension of unsophisticated design which was
responsible for somewhat unstable behavior on bends -- the later A2
version adopted a semi-independent rear suspension to improve
stability. There was also an M718 ambulance version with a rear body extension.
The M151 was thought dangerous for civilian use on the
road, so the Army used surplus MUTTs for parts, and the stripped
vehicles had the frame and rear suspension cut before being offered for
sale as scrap metal. (Robert Stanley)
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