A quick Lesson In "Jeep" History
The original meaning for "Jeep" - An old army term from WWI era  for new motor vehicles recieved by the motor pools for testing . It was also coined for new  Army recruits .
The  name "Jeep" was made popular by E.C. Segar in his Popeye cartoons . A doglike character by the name of "Eugene the Jeep" . The character was known for solving all matters of problems for Popeye .
The First "Jeeps" were Dodge 1/2 Ton trucks used in the military . The General Purpose Vehicles or GP's were refered to as Jeeps by the GI's ..
In 1940 , the military forces were wanting to replace ageing Ford model T's and sidecar motorcycles with a new scout vehicle . American Bantam Car Company , Ford and Willys-Overland submited designs for the government contract . With the inability to supply mass production , Amercan Bantam Car Company was relagated to prducing parts for Ford and Willys-Overland and to producing the trailers for the new scout vehicles . The contract were  awarded to Ford (GPW's) and Willys-Overland (MB's) . The name Jeep had stuck with the Willys-Overland scout vehicles .
1941 - 1945 - Willys-Overland MB
- Over 350,000 produced by the end of WWII
1945 - 1949 Jeep CJ-2a
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The first civilian Jeep . (CJ = civilian Jeep)
1946 - 1965 Station Wagon (Willys Wagon)
-The first mass produced all steel wagon .
1947 - 1963 Jeep Truck
- Jeeps first pickup truck based on the Willys Wagon.
1948 - 1951 Jeepster (VJ)
- An open bodied pheaton produced by Willys .
1948 - 1953 CJ-3a
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Update to the CJ-2a
1950-1952 M38 (MC)

- Based on the CJ-3a
1952 - 1968 CJ-3b
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The first updated CJ with noticeable changes from the original military MB .
1952 - 1957 M38A1 (MD)
- Updated military Jeep , it was the basis for the CJ-5.
1954 - 1983 CJ-5
- Very popular civilian model based on the M38A1 .
1956 - 1970's Postal Jeeps (DJ)
1957 - 1965 FC-150 & FC-170
-The next generation in the Jeep trucks .
1958 - 1975 CJ-6
-A stretched wheelbase variant of the popular CJ-5 .
1962 - 1991 Jeep Wagoneer (SJ)
- Series of Wagoneers , Super Wagoneer and Cherokee Wagoneer . The Wagoneers were the basis for todays SUV's .
1963 - 1987 J-Series Gladiator
- Jeeps Full Size pickups .
1967 - 1969 M715/M725
-J-series pickup used for the military as ambulances .
1967 - 1973 Jeep Commando
- Compact 4wd vehicle with multiple conversions.
1976 - 1986 Jeep CJ-7
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The 7th generation of the "civilian Jeep" .
1977 Jeep Honcho
- Short lived Jeep pickup based on the Wagoneer Cherokee Chief .
1981 - 1985 CJ-8/Scrambler
- A short wheelbased CJ based on the CJ-7
1984-2001 Cherokee (XJ)
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All new redesigned Uni-Body Jeep Wagon .
1985 - 1992 Comanche (MJ)
-Sporty Jeep pickup based on the XJ .
1987 -1995 Jeep Wrangler (YJ)
- A shorter squatier version of the CJ using the Cherokee suspension. (Round Headlights)
1993 - 1999 Grand Cherokee (ZJ)
-Upscale luxury edition of the Jeep wagon family.
1997- Current   Jeep Wrangler (TJ)
- The latest version of the Wrangler . Front and rear coil-sprung suspension , round headlights .
1999 - Current  Grand Cherokee (WJ)
- Newest updated version of the Grand Cherokee. Billed as "The most capable SUV ever" .
2002 - Current  Jeep Liberty (KJ)
- Jeeps replacement for the venrable Cherokee . Updated styling , IFS and 3.8L engine. 



Resources - For more complete information , check out these sites .
Jeepclub.com - Jeep History

Off-road.com's Vintage Jeep Barn

www.public.asu.edu - Jeep History

Jeeptoys History - History of the Jeep name

4wheeldrive.about.com - History of Jeeps



Jeeps
Makers of  Jeeps

1941 - 1945
Willys-Overland / Ford
1945 - 1953
Willys-Overland
1953 - 1970
Henry J. Kaiser
1970 - 1987
AMC JEEP/Eagle
1987 - Current
Diamler Chrystler
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