In the competition on the tender of the United States Army for a new reconnaissance vehicle. the Willys-Overland company created the Willys Quad (see the article on the origins of the jeep), ancestor of all jeeps created during the second world war.
Jeep Willys - Overland such Quad presented on 13 November 1940.
The markings on the bumper are "USA QMC" on the left and "1/4 4 x 4 QUAD" on the right
There were 5 models built for the end of the year 1940, five models that received a standing ovation as they were well better built that the first model Bantam or the Ford Pygmy. The designer of Willys-Overland, responsible for competition on the tender and creator of the model 4 wheel drive was Delmar g. "Barney" Roos. Two of these jeeps were given Holabird camp on 13 November 1940, including one with four wheel drive.
This car looked wildly to the model Bantam BRC-60, because the army had met the property of drawings of Bantam and gave them to other manufacturers. But its "Go Devil" engine , ultra powerful, gave it a margin of advantage over its competitors. The concerns however was its weight, heavier than the others and especially heavier than the specifications...
By reducing the weight of this jeep and making improvements to the prototype, Willys created the Willys MA, who borrowed even in Bantam and Ford.
Unfortunately, none of the Quad 4 have survived.
|Motorization||134ci 4 cal side valve "Go Devil" L-head: 60bhp @ 4|
approximately 1 101 kgs (some sources give a little lighter or a little heavier weight)
Jeep Willys - Overland Quad test in February 1941, climbing the US Capitol, Washington DC.