Ralph’s love for vehicles began when he bought a ‘32 Ford Roadster for $25. It was in that vehicle that he met his future wife, Agnes Beardsley, and it was that spark of interest in automobiles that directed his career options and eventually led to the purchase of the abandoned Jeep.
More than a half-million Jeeps were built during World War II as transport vehicles for the military during the war. In 1946, Jeep began manufacturing a civilian version of the Willys, which was a precursor to today’s Wrangler.
“It’s as much a memory for me as it is for him,” Bruce said.
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