Land Rover loves to tout one fact about its vehicles that gets repeated time and time again. It claims that a first car seen by half the world was the Land Rover. We are skeptical about that claim because it is hard to verify that statement.
Besides, the world population has grown considerably and since the Land Rover’s heyday and become more modernized to the point that vehicles are anything but rare.
There is, however, another vehicle that may not have been the first that half the world saw, but it left just as big of the mark. That would be the original Willys Jeep.
Even though Russia can be credited for being a deciding factor in toppling the Nazi regime, the Willys Jeep left its mark on the world in the drastic way, spawning copies like the original Toyota Land Cruiser and turning seven grille slats flanked by the two headlights into brand of the liberator.