Engineer, Deceased Person
1883 – 1963
Who was Karl Probst?
Karl Probst was an American freelance engineer and automotive pioneer, credited with the design of the Jeep in 1940. He was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Charles and Eva Probst. He studied engineering at Ohio State University and graduated in 1906.
The original Jeep was created by American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pennsylvania, designed for use by the U.S Army during World War II. Probst drafted the design for the Jeep in two days, commencing on 17 June 1940. Bantam's first hand-built prototype was complete and running by September 21, 1940, just meeting the 49-day deadline and was delivered to the Army Quartermaster Corps for testing at Camp Holabird, MD.
He died in Dayton, Ohio.