THE JEEP THAT STARTED IT ALL

The Jeep CJ, meaning civilian jeep, had the longest production run of any Jeep built so far. Starting with the first CJ in 1944 built by Willys-Overland running all the way until the last CJ built by AMC rolled off the assembly line in 1986. With such a long production run, many revisions and redesigns occurred. Here are some tips to help identify some of the CJs you may encounter.

CJ-2 1945

CJ2A

Although the Willys-Overland CJ-2 was not really available for retail. The CJ-2s, were the second generation prototype. Using the Willys same “Go Devil Engine,” but stripped of all military features. The earlier models had brass plaques on the hood and a windshield that read “JEEP”. The spare tire was mounted near the passenger-side rear wheel on the earlier models and then mounted on the rear in the later additions