1959-1978 M151


Tested and protoyped by Ford through most of the fifties, the M151 MUTT ("Multipurpose Utility Tactical Transport") went into production in 1959 and became the principal combat Jeep of the Vietnam era. It was produced by Kaiser Jeep and AM General, as well as Ford. It had a four wheel independent suspension of unsophisticated design which was responsible for somewhat unstable behavior on bends -- the later A2 version adopted a semi-independent rear suspension to improve stability. There was also an M718 ambulance version with a rear body extension. The M151 was thought dangerous for civilian use on the road, so the Army used surplus MUTTs for parts, and the stripped vehicles had the frame and rear suspension cut before being offered for sale as scrap metal. This M151A2 is owned by Gavin Broad. (Alf van Beem)

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