Jeeps are pretty much everywhere. Planet wide. From the lowest valley to the highest. This is true even today as older Jeeps just never seem to die...With its rich history and popularity, from tradition to heritage, the Jeep is sadly missing one thing. It's own museum.
Jeeps are pretty much everywhere. Planet wide. From the lowest valley to the highest. This is true even today as older Jeeps just never seem to die. You’ll see left over and left behind WWII Jeeps all over the world. Still running. Still getting the job done. What other vehicle can you say that about after 75 years?
With its rich history and popularity, from tradition to heritage, the Jeep is sadly missing one thing. It's own museum.
That’s right. There is no “official” one-stop Jeep museum.
Sure, you’ll see them here and there at other museums along the way. Usually a military museum of some sort that just happens to have one or two Jeeps to display. But where’s the Jeep museum that just has Jeeps? Wall to wall MBs, TJs, SJs, Willys, CJs, FCs, maybe a DUKW or a flying Geep just to round out the coverage?
The obvious place for a museum would be Toledo, OH, where Bantam and Willys started making Jeeps. In fact, they still make Jeeps there today! It would be the perfect place for a Jeep museum to showcase the long history of the vehicle. We think it would be beneficial for the FCA and Jeep. We think Jeepers from all over the world would come to see where it all began, maybe tour the factory, and just geek out on everything Jeep related.
It would be a wonderful way to preserve the heritage of the Jeep on into the future too. Think about it. The vehicle has been in continuous production for more than 75 years. Surely that must count for something?
Sadly, as times change, it’s possible that museums are becoming a thing of the past. It’s hard to say if youngsters today have any interest in history anymore. If they do, a Jeep museum would be a reliable source for learning. Considering the Jeep’s vital role in WWII, it was right there in the heat of the action. Then in peacetime, it became important to farmers and ranchers that helped feed America. For the last 75 years, it’s been there every step of the way with the American lifestyle. It’s something we should be proud of.
Maybe there will be a museum with just Jeeps one day. We can only hope. Sounds like it would be one heck of a road trip.