So there is a new little restaurant in my home town of reed city mi, called seven slot grille. Never really paided much attention to it until one day i was driving by and noticed there was a jeep grill on the sign then it all clicked. So i went in there the next day for breakfast.
- Delivery & Pickup Options - 46 reviews of Seven Slot Grille 'Seven Slot is named after the seven slots in a Jeep grill. The whole place is decked out with classic Jeep posters and calendars but otherwise nothing fancy. However, that's not the real reason to stop here. The real reason to stop is for the food, especially the breakfast food. They serve lunch all day long and their omelets.
- As far as I know and have read the idea of Jeep has been to preserve the tradition of the seven slots in the grille. As a matter of act, the logo 'Only in a jeep' has 7 slots. But my comanche has 10 slots and I have seen some cherokees in Argentina with 8.
Why Are There 7 Slots On A Jeep Grill
Jeep has been producing vehicles for more than 75 years and throughout the decades, Jeep has developed some iconic design elements that no other automaker could even try to borrow. Along with their unique style, the Jeep brand has slowly expanded into more than just an auto brand, but they have also become a lifestyle brand as well. Here’s a closer look at some of the everyday things that make people think of the Jeep brand.
The Jeep wave is basically a special “hi” Jeepers exchange with one another when they pass on the road or off-roading. Jeepers like feeling connected and like they are a club or group, which is one of the reasons for the wave. However, the history and reason behind the wave goes much deeper than connecting with fellow Jeepers.
The first Jeep models were made for and used in combat and for soldier transportation during World War II and that was the original method soldiers would use to say “hello” to each other.
Signature Seven-Slot Grille
Whether you drive the newest Jeep, the Renegade or the popular Jeep Wrangler, all Jeep models have a seven-slot grille. This features is iconic and even caused Jeep to go into a lawsuit at one point with Hummer, as it is Jeeps trademark. Although, it has more to it than a cool style.
The seven-slot grille was not always the grille on the Jeep. Back in the day, when Jeeps were produced by Ford, they has a nine-slot grille, but this grille was trademarked by Ford, so once Jeep became its own brand, they needed to change to something they could trademark for themselves. Thus, the birth of the seven-slot grille.
There is no clear explanation for why Jeep went with the seven-slot grille, but there are some unique theories out there. One theory is that Jeep was the first vehicle to be on all seven continents. Once again, these are just theories, and unproven theories at that! Still pretty cool to speculate and use your imagination.
Seven Slots Jeep Grill
Jeep Wrangler’s Round Headlights
Round headlights were on every car back in the day, but not so much anymore. Most vehicle did away with the round headlights and have their own unique shape or sleek design. However, Jeep was one of the few brands to keep the round headlights and they are now a huge distinctive and iconic feature of a Jeep. Fun fact, for about a decade in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Jeep tried out square headlights, but these vehicles didn’t sell well, so Jeep brought back the round design and that is still the way the Jeep Wrangler is today.
Next Up, “X” Taillights
The Jeep Renegade has only been on the market since 2015, so it’s a little too soon for their unique “X” tail lights to become too well-known, but without a doubt, their unique design will become just as recognizable as the Jeep Wrangler’s iconic round headlights. The “X” design is derived from Army Jerry Cans according to Car and Driver. Jerry cans were often carried on old Jeep Willy models while on patrol or on duty during the World War II days.
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An article that discusses the 9 slot vs. the 7 slot grille appeared on Justacarguy.com’s website. Not surprisingly, the author missed some points.
Read the article here: https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/01/9-slot-vs-7-slot-jeep-grills.html
In response to the article, Mark Wahlster pointed out on Facebook that the author forgot to mention the issue around the 7″ headlights, which were required at the time:
“The Ford design and inability to trademark it is part of it but the main reason was because 7″ headlights which is what the civilian world was using at the time wouldn’t fit. Simple as that. Also the first civilian jeeps came out in 1944 the first CJ2A’s hit the market in July of 45 BEFORE the end of the war in Sept. The first pilot vehicles the CJ2 had the 7″ headlights and 7 slot grills those were made in 1944-early 45.”
However, I thought it important to correct the inaccuracies regarding the trademarking of the grille, which I’ve seen appear in older articles on other sites as well.
“On the whole, I’m in agreement with Mark on this, especially regarding the 7” headlights. However, I’d like to clarify one minor point. The article uses inaccurate info from other, older articles regarding the ‘trademark of the grill’ issue. In my research, and when using TESS, I’ve not encountered any evidence that Willys-Overland tried to trademark the grill during or after the war.
In fact, the trademark filing for the grill wasn’t made until 1979 under AMC
Chrysler, which received the trademark (category IC 012) in 1981 (1170088 … see reference pic). Ever since, AMC and Chrysler relied on that trademark to defend the iconic 7 slot grill design (see this link for example: https://law.justia.com/…/distri…/FSupp2/44/1062/2567958/). The trademark does not reference older trademarks; instead, it simply looks back at the first use of the grille (1941) to make its case for a trademark.
So, the issue over the Ford design wasn’t about a grille trademark;, it was that Ford claimed ownership of the grille and wanted credit for it. That led to a fight between Willys-Overland and Ford over who got to use the grille design, who got credit for the term “Jeep” (which Willys DID try to trademark in 1943), who got credit for inventing the jeep design (Willys wanted full credit), and who had the right to use all designs related to the WWII jeeps (which Willys felt entitled to use).
Of course, this wasn’t decided until July 1950 when Willys-Overland was awarded the JEEP trademark, reg #0526175.”