The patriotic history behind a Jeep

Photo FIleRichard Perry. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, Both Memorial and Independence Day have passed and these patriotic holidays got me thinking about Jeep Wranglers – why you may ask? Because “Jeeps” were a big part of World War II. After WWII, government-surplus MB vehicles were widely available in the U.S. and returning veterans nabbed them as cheap, reliable transportation. Capitalizing on the opportunity, the Willys-Overland company produced the 1945-1949 Jeep CJ-2A, a version of the MB modified for civilian use. The Jeep Wrangler is the direct descendant of the 1940 Willys Quad prototype vehicle that was commissioned by the United States Army. The

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