PHOTOS: Celebrating Jeep through the Decades

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Seventy-five years of Jeep. That’s quite an accomplishment for an automaker that started out supplying military vehicles during World War II.

Jeep is celebrating its 75th anniversary all year, but July 15th is widely considered its actual birthday. That’s when the U.S. government awarded Willys-Overland the contract to build the Willys MB in 1941. The military was looking for a “light reconnaissance vehicle” to replace the Army’s motorcycle and modified Ford Model-T vehicles. The Army invited automakers to bid on production and developed a lengthy specification list for the vehicle, including a 600-lb. load capacity, wheelbase less than 75 inches, height less than 36 inches, smooth-running engine from 3 to 50 miles per hour, rectangular-shaped body, four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case, fold-down windshield, three bucket seats, blackout and driving lights and a gross vehicle weight below 1,300 lbs.

The Willys MB helped the Allies win World War II and, of course, later became affectionally known as the “Jeep.”

Here’s a look a Jeep through the ages, from its military beginnings to its civilian off-roading, rock-climbing present.


[image_slider] [image_items  source=””]1940 Willys Quad Original Pilot [/image_items] [image_items  source=”–e1468642353251.jpg”] 1941 Willys MA[/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1943 Jeep Willys MB [/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1944 Jeep Willys MB [/image_items] [image_items  source=””] 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A [/image_items] [image_items  source=””]Jeep Willys MB and Jeep Wrangler[/image_items] [/image_slider]

1950s and 1960s

[image_slider] [image_items  source=”®-4WD-1-Ton-Pickup-Truck.-e1468643020552.jpg”]1954 Jeep 4WD 1-Ton Pickup [/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1955 Jeep CJ-5[/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1955 Jeep CJ-5 [/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1955 Jeep M-38 A1 [/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1955 Jeep Dispatcher [/image_items][image_items  source=””]1959 Jeep CJ-6[/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1964 Assembly Line in Toledo, Ohio[/image_items] [image_items  source=””]1966 Jeep CJ-5[/image_items] [image_items  source=”®-Jeepster-Commando-Convertible.–e1468681573971.jpg”]1967 Jeep Jeepster Commando Convertible[/image_items] [/image_slider]

1970s and 1980s

[image_slider] [image_items source=”®-Renegade-II.-e1468641331834.jpg”]1971 Jeep Renegade II [/image_items] [image_items source=””]1973 Jeep CJ-5 [/image_items] [image_items source=””]1974 CJ-5 Postal Delivery Vehicle[/image_items] [image_items source=””]1979 Jeep CJ-7 Golden Eagle[/image_items] [image_items source=””]1980 CJ-5 Renegade[/image_items] [image_items  source=”®-Scrambler-CJ-8.-e1468641297714.jpg”]1982 Jeep Scrambler [/image_items] [image_items source=””]1988 Jeep Wrangler Sahara [/image_items] [/image_slider]

1990s-Present Day

[image_slider] [image_items source=””]1990 Jeep Wrangler [/image_items] [image_items source=””]1994 Jeep Wrangler [/image_items] [image_items source=”®-Wrangler-Ultimate-Rescue-Concept-Vehicle.-1997.–e1468641593858.jpg”]1997 Jeep Wrangler Ultimate Rescue Concept Vehicle [/image_items] [image_items source=””]1997 Jeep Wrangler Sport[/image_items] [image_items  source=””]2014 Jeep Wrangle Rubicon[/image_items] [image_items source=””] 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition[/image_items] [image_items  source=””] 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport  [/image_items] [image_items source=””]2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara [/image_items] [image_items source=””]2016 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock [/image_items] [image_items  source=””]75th Anniversary Wrangler Jeep Concept[/image_items] [/image_slider]
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