ABOUT JEEP CJ ’44-‘86
The Willys CJ (later Jeep CJ) is the civilian version of the Willys military Jeep from WW II. The CJ stood for “Civilian Jeep” and has been the longest running “model name” among the open Jeeps. From the CJ-2A starting in 1946 to the CJ-7/CJ-8 ending in 1986. The CJ-6 (extended CJ-5) and CJ-8 (extended CJ-7, aka Scrambler) were additional versions of the CJ. The Jeep CJ is still regarded as the vehicle that started the Jeep enthusiast craze from which the off-road hobby started. The vehicle’s can-do and go anywhere attitude drew many outdoors people to use these vehicles for trips in the mountains and other areas where regular vehicles couldn’t go. A whole new industry was born with many aftermarket suppliers for lift kits, bumpers and other upgrades for the Jeep. The Laredo package for example received chrome bumpers, tow hooks, leather seats and a clock.