The Evolution of the Jeep Wrangler

Leaves Bantam out of the development, but a fun little read. FYI, official production of the first Jeeps began this week in 1942.

Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

The Jeep Wrangler has been an icon in Jeep production for many years, and is known as the ultimate off-roading vehicle. But the iconic Wrangler didn’t always have the signature features or roaring horsepower it has today. That’s why we’re breaking down the evolution of the Wrangler below!


1940 Willys Quad: You may be able to spot a Jeep from miles away just by its headlights and signature look, but that’s not how it always was. The very first Jeep didn’t look too much like a Jeep, it was designed as a part of a competition between Willys, Ford, and Bantam, the Quad eventually won out and evolved into the MA, which was followed up by the venerable MB.


1942 Willys MB: Along with the Ford GPW, this was the first recognizable iteration of the Jeep legend. Up until 1942, a mere 8,7000 Jeeps had been produced. From 1942…

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