The Mahindra Jeep



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What...you may ask...is a Mahindra Jeep? Well, I have provided a short synopsis followed by a unique invitation.



The East Indian Mahindra and Mahindra Group was initially the brainchild of brothers K.C. and J.C. Mahindra shortly after World War II.

They envisioned the importation, assembling and selling of post-war Willys Jeeps for civilian use on India's rural and rugged backroads. The brothers began importing fully assembled Willys Jeeps, and later kits which were completely assembled in India.

The first Jeeps made by Mahindra and Mahindra were indeed American Willys models, but soon the company began to manufacture their own Jeeps under the licensing of Willys-Overland...and their permit to use the "Jeep" name carries on today. The Indian military, local police forces and civilians alike use these tough rigs.

The company kept most of the "Universal" look of the old CJ's, but due to such things as exorbitant gasoline prices they installed many of their models with diesel engines (which at the time was much less expensive on fuel) and used other non-American parts and components. Also, since folks drive on the left side of the road (British style) in India, the Mahindra Jeeps eventually had their drivers side moved from the left side to the right.

From a brilliant, but simple idea Mahindra and Mahindra blossomed into a global financial success as a manufacturer of Jeeps, automobiles, farming equipment, investments, infrastructure and more.

Today the Jeep mystique is shared throughout the world due to the practicality and versatility of this little vehicle.

I have been amazed at the number of Jeep Lovers from India who have expressed their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Jeep in both the American and the Indian versions.

So I am extending a warm invitation to my friends in India, or those here and abroad who have knowledge of the Mahindra Jeeps to help educate us (myself included) on the history, models, uses and specifics of these great Indian Jeeps.

Simply fill out the form below using the instructions provided. You can do this as many times as you like, but only one at a time. With your help more people throughout the world will understand this unique Jeep heritage from India.

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Most of us in the United States of America (and other countries as well) know little or nothing about Mahindra Jeeps. So we need your help if you:


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  • own or drive a Mahindra Jeep yourself (describe),

  • used a Mahindra Jeep on your job (i.e. military, police, farmer, construction, etc.), or

  • are a Mahindra Jeep enthusiast who just loves these Jeeps.

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