Who doesn’t love the Jeep? Seriously, is that even possible? The Jeep was developed for the US Army during World War II, as they wanted a rugged, all-terrain vehicle that was simple to operate and even easier to repair. Thus was born the 1945 Willys-Overland Jeep. Actually, this one came just after the war. All the returning US servicemen had used Jeeps in the war, and understandably so, all wanted one of their own. This incredibly versatile vehicle was used in the war for transport, reconnaissance, ambulance duties and even a light weapons platform. There was nowhere this agile little vehicle could not go; after the war, the entire world would discover the wonders of the Jeep!
The first generation of civilian Jeeps, imaginatively named CJ-2A, was powered by a in-line four cylinder engine, boasting an undisclosed number of horsepower. It probably wasn’t very much, but then again the Jeep wasn’t built for speed, but for strength. Its power was delivered to all four wheels through a bullet-proof 3-speed manual transmission.
The 1945 Willys-Overland Jeep was the first of a long line of rugged all-terrain vehicle, which continues to this day, although today’s vehicle are much more luxurious, even taking into account technological improvements.