After proving its rugged capability in its myriad of uses and literally helping the United States Army and the Allied forces win World War II, what was clear to many servicemen would eventually become clear to American “civilians”: the revolutionary Jeep® vehicle needed to come home to be available to anyone. The 1945 Jeep Willys CJ-2A was the very first Jeep vehicle offered to civilians, and its place in automobile lore was cemented immediately.
“CJ” stands for “Civilian Jeep,” and the CJ-2A differed from the military version in a number of ways. The vehicle had a tailgate, larger headlights, a canvas top, and a T-90 transmission, and the seven-slot grille is synonymous with the Jeep brand.
The Power Take-Off (PTO) allowed the CJ-2A to power equipment like plows, hydraulic lifts, mowers, and other industrial and agriculture gear. In essence, the Jeep Willys CJ-2A went from a Go Anywhere, Do Anything™ vehicle in war theaters around the world to a Go Anywhere, Do Anything vehicle at home, helping power America’s postwar economy to unprecedented heights.
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