The WWII Jeep T shirt is from an original WWII design. The WWII U.S. Army Jeep T shirt honors the vehicle that personifies Yankee ingenuity and our cocky, can-do determination.
Just prior to the WWII, the U. S. Department of War decided it needed a light, cross-country reconnaissance vehicle and submitted their requirements (four-wheel drive, crew of 3, wheelbase nor more than 75 in., fold-down windshield, 660 lb payload, and engine power of 85 lb-ft of torque and weigh no more than 1,300 lb) to U.S. automotive manufacturers. American Bantam Car Company and Willy-Overland Motors answered the call. Ford got in the game shortly after.
For our WWII Jeep T shirt, there are many theories about Jeep got its name. Though some think that the Jeep got its name from the slurring of the letters GP for General Purpose, others think that the name came from Eugene the Jeep. Eugene the Jeep was Popeye’s pet, who was small and able to move between dimensions and could solve seemingly impossible problems. Another origin is from an old Army grease monkey term that dates back to WWI was used by shop mechanics to label any new test motor vehicle. Or more likely, the term was fixed by a February 1941 newspaper article when Willys staged a press event in Washington D.C. and had their Quad prototype driving up the capitol steps. When asked what the vehicle was called, the Willys test driver, Red Hausmann said, “It’s a jeep.”
Our WWII tee shirts have the Spec tag in the neck.
Our WWII Jeep T-shirts are screen printed by hand, so variations in color naturally occur. The shirts are 100% cotton and run true to size. Women’s sizes are available upon request. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org