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Classic Jeep Photos and a Little Jeep History

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In June of 1940, the US Army began looking for a "light reconnaissance vehicle" to replace its motorcycles and Model-T trucks. One-hundred-thirty-five manufacturers were invited to bid on production of a vehicle with these specs:

  • 600 lb. load capacity
  • wheelbase under 75 inches
  • height under 36 inches
  • smooth-running engine from 3 to 50 mph
  • rectangular body
  • two-speed transfer case with four-wheel-drive
  • fold-down windshield
  • three bucket seats
  • blackout and driving lights
  • gross vehicle weight under 1,300 lbs.

Willys-Overland, American Bantam Car Manufacturing Company and Ford Motor Company entered the competition and delivered prototypes to the Army in record time. The Willys Jeeps in this gallery are the long-term result of that first delivery.

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The information in this gallery was supplied by Jeep. If you disagree with their dates or other info, let me know.

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1940 Willys Quad1940 Willys Quad1941 Willys MA1941 Willys MA1942 Willys MB1942 Willys MBvintage jeeps1942 Jeep CJ-2A
1945 Jeep CJ-2A1945 Jeep CJ-2A1948 Jeep Jeepster1948 Jeep Jeepster1949 Willys Wagon1949 Willys Wagon1953 Jeep CJ-3B1953 Jeep CJ-3B
1955 Jeep CJ-51955 Jeep CJ-51959 Jeep CJ-61959 Jeep CJ-61963 Jeep Wagoneer1963 Jeep Wagoneer1966 Jeep CJ-51966 Jeep CJ-5
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