The history of some Jeep models is brief, but many of them still innovated intriguing upgrades from previous models and played a large role in the Jeep legacy. To illustrate how a brief record can be full of iconic upgrades, we’ll go through the history of the CJ-2A Willys Jeep, the first post-war Jeep ever built.
With the end of World War II on the horizon, Willys-Overland needed a plan to continue the production of Jeeps for a new market. This is why, in 1945, production began on the CJ-2A Willys Jeep. If you are unfamiliar with the acronym, “CJ” stands for “civilian Jeep.”
You might assume that the first vehicle claiming to be a “civilian Jeep” would lean into the normal consumer market like moms, dads, young kids buying their first car, and so forth. But Instead of casting a wide net and appealing to the everyday consumer, the CJ-2A took aim at a niche market.
The marketing behind the CJ-2A focused on the vehicle’s power and versatility to appeal to the farming and agriculture industries. The CJ-2A displayed new design features like 7-inch flush-mounted headlights, which were larger than their predecessors. Other upgrades on the CJ-2A included the T-90 transmission, tailgate, side-mounted spare tire, improved shock absorbers, vacuum-powered windshield wipers, and a seven-slot grille.
The CJ-2A was specifically designed to work with an assortment of attachments to aid in agriculture purposes. Consumers could choose from snowplows and belt-driven governors, which they were able to swap out conveniently. Over the course of its production history, more than 200,000 CJ-2A’s were built. This intriguing member of the Jeep family was in production until its replacement, the CJ-3A, hit the streets in 1949.
Now that you know the history of the CJ-2A Willys Jeep, you can embark on a restoration of this classic vehicle. Although production on this vehicle officially ceased in 1949, we can help you find a wide variety of Jeep CJ-2A parts for your restoration project.