At Army Jeep Parts, we love providing
services to our customers because we love playing a
vital role in the Jeep community. Wranglers are among the most
popular rides in our beloved community, so we decided to take a
minute to reflect and trace the Wrangler’s lineage back to its
original inspiration: The Willys MB. Keep reading to find out why the
Jeep Wranglers of today wouldn’t exist without its Willys MB
The very first batch of Willys CJ Jeeps
hit the market in May of 1945. This early Civilian Jeep model carried
the spare tire on the side of the car, instead of in the tailgate
like in today’s models. However, other than that one detail, the
Wrangler and the original CJ Jeeps have a striking resemblance.
In 1980, the CJ Jeep’s image was
tainted by a phony 60 Minutes segment that showed how the CJ
could roll over. Four of the eight rollovers (out of 435 total
trials) happened to the same Jeep, which means the issue was probably
with that specific Jeep’s tires. But the damage was already done,
and it was irreversible. Jeep had no choice but to address the
The year was 1986, and the very first
Jeep Wrangler YJ introduced itself to the world at the
widely-acclaimed Chicago Auto Show. You know the distinct roll bars
you see on wranglers today? Those were added onto the Jeep to quell
the public’s hysteria over the misleading 60 Minutes
broadcast about CJ Jeeps rolling over.
When you see Willy’s
MBs for sale today, it’s easy to spot the
similarities they share with their 21st Century Wrangler relatives.
The Wrangler JL is the youngest and newest Wrangler model, and, to
nobody’s surprise, it’s far more advanced than the original CJ
Jeeps. However, the purpose of the Wrangler has always been to tow
that fine line between off-road mudding machine and everyday driving
vehicle — which it does perfectly.
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vintage Civilian Jeep from the late 1940’s or 1950’s? Already
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services? Army Jeep Parts has the equipment and the know-how to help
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