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Actually, the M151A2 is a Willys built model. The first M151s were designed and built by Ford. Willys won the contract back to build the A2s, using US Army plans.
The story that Jeep is a slurring of the term "General Purpose" is not founded in history. Ford's prototype in the original contract bid was called the "Pygmy" and the pre production model was designated "GP"....the "G" stands for "Government contract" and the "P"...80" wheelbase recon car. As you can see, "General Purpose" was never officially used. In the original competition, Ford's entry performed third behind the Willys Quad and the Bantam Pilot #1. However, the Army liked the overall body style of the Ford so it was adopted as the model for the future "look" of the "truck,1/4 ton, 4x4", which was (and is) the official Army designation for the Jeep.