Jeepneys are commonly used in the Philippines for public and private transportation. The one in this photograph is a public taxi cab. Others are privately owned. Some Jeepneys would be considered a fairly nice automobile and be used as private transportation by a fairly wealthy (by Filipino standards) family.
Jeepneys were originally built by modifying left over army surplus Willys & Ford military jeeps after WWII. Over the years the WWII military Willys MB and Ford GPW jeep Jeepneys were rebuilt and modified, again and again, until they finally wore out all the original parts. Today’s modern Jeepneys are produced in the Philippines by two types of builders:
The large volume manufacturers come in two types:
Jeepneys are not the only jeeps being built in the Philippines. The Philippines has always been one of the major sources of reproduction World War Two jeep body parts. They produce replacement body tubs for CJ2a, M38’s and many other models as well.
The largest manufacturer in the Philippines of owner-type Jeepneys is
David Motors Inc., of Quezon City, north of Manila. The largest manufacturer
of vintage style army Jeepneys is MD Juan, who also supplies their WWII
body tubs to restorers around the world. ;-)
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