This timeline shows the sequence and the years of production for "Universal Jeep" 1/4-ton utility models made between 1942 (Willys and Ford began mass production in late 1941), and 1986 (the purchase of American Motors by Chrysler, and the replacement of the CJ-7 by the YJ Wrangler). The diagram does not show exact start and stop dates; in some cases consecutive models overlapped slightly in production.
Click on any model to see a photo and description from the Pictorial History of the Universal Jeep, which also has more detail on early WWII models and other Jeep prototypes.
See below the timeline for a key to model types.
Flat fender, low hood CJ's with L-134 engine.
Flat fender, high hood CJ's with F-134 engine.
CJ models based on the M38A1 design (see background photo).
Departures from the CJ.
The last CJ models.
Elsewhere on the web, see a Timeline of Jeep Wagons, and Jeep Heritage on the Jeep corporate web site.
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