JEEP is not an acronym for Just Enough Essential Parts. However, it’s easy to see why the myth is so easily accepted as fact. Commissioned by the US government, the Bantam jeep was the product of the most stringent of briefs: the delivery of a working four-wheel reconnaissance vehicle, fit for the rigours of war, in 49 days. A response to the need for a new type, the result was a vehicle consisting only of exactly what was required, and of parts that could be replaced with the minimum of fuss, and by anyone. It was and remains a design marvel.