Proto-Jeep: 1940 Ford GP-No. 1 Pygmy added to National Historic Vehicle Register

In 1940, well before Pearl Harbor, the United States Army was on the hunt for a versatile multipurpose light vehicle. A number of automakers built prototypes in an effort to win a sweet production contract, and this proto-Jeep — Ford GP-No. 1 Pygmy, aka Numero Uno (OK, we just made that up) — was one of them. It has just been added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in recognition of its significant contributions to automotive history, to say nothing of its role in the Allied war effort.

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Ford’s Pygmy, The World’s Oldest Jeep, Goes On National Register

Of the three prototypes that automakers submitted for the U.S. Army’s new lightweight scout car in the early days of World War II, Ford’s Pygmy probably shouldn’t have stood a chance. It wasn’t the lightest, it wasn’t the fastest, and it wasn’t the first submitted. But it’s still around today, making it the oldest jeep prototype tested by the Army as well as an excellent candidate for inclusion on the National Historic Vehicle Register.

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World’s oldest military jeep in Huntsville’s Veterans Memorial Museum

A documentary is in the works for a piece of military history on display in Huntsville. A rare, unrestored Ford Pygmy is inside the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum on Airport Road. It’s believed to be the world’s oldest remaining military jeep. Ford began producing the Pygmy prototype in 1940. They were shipped to Europe and Japan during World War II. On Wednesday, staff of the Historic Vehicle Association from Washington, D.C., was at the museum to gather data and video on the vehicle.

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Original “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” NASCAR racer to be added to National Historic Vehicle Register

To battle the latest overhead-valve V-8s in stock car racing the early 1950s, one didn’t need correlating power. Rather, it took innovative chassis design, an unconventional engine builder and one of the most dominant drivers in stock car history, all of which helped make Herb Thomas’s No. 92 Hudson Hornet “fabulous” and which led representatives of the National Historic Vehicle Register to decide to include the Hudson on their list.

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Meyers Manx Marks 50th Birthday With Honors

A 50th anniversary party for the original dune buggy, the 1964 Meyers Manx, highlights the Historic Vehicle Association’s inaugural Cars at the Capitol automotive heritage celebration this weekend at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The first Manx, known as “Old Red,” was hand-built by Bruce Meyers in his Newport Beach, California, garage and will be present Saturday morning during the opening remarks at the National Mall. Meyers, an active 88 year old, also is expected to attend.

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