Willys-Overland Jeep

Willys-Overland Jeep

Specs Mentioned:

Make/ Model – Willys-Overland Jeep CJ-3A (1952)

Engine – 2199cc, 4-cylinder, iron block

Power – 60 hp @ 4000rpm

Top speed – 45mph

0-60mph – 106 ft/lbs @ 2000rpm


One of the most iconic brands in American automotive history, the Jeep has been on the roads for over 70 years. From the rugged army vehicles of the 1940’s to the stylish Wranglers of today, take a tour of the history of the Jeep. Willys MA jeep at the Desert Training Center, Indio, CA, June 1942.The original Jeep was designed for the military in 1941. To demonstrate the vehicle’s rugged, off-road capabilities, one of the very first Jeep models was driven up the steps of the U.S. Capitol. When asked by a reporter what the name of the vehicle was, the test driver replied, “It’s a jeep.”

Willys found success with “CJ” style Jeeps, but wanted something more friendly to average motorists. Enter the “Jeepster.” These unique Jeeps were only produced between 1948 and 1950. “CJ-3A” was a bare-bones civilian jeep produced in 1949. These smaller, lighter jeeps were most used for outdoors, off-road activities. By 1951, the vehicle was referred to as a “Farm Jeep.” Willys trademarked the seven slot grill with the introduction of the civilian model, and it would feature on all jeeps thereafter.

The featured Jeep is a 1952 second-generation civilian model with a larger one-piece windshield along with a higher payload leaf sprung suspension and stronger axels than its predecessor. It was first owned by a government agent in Anuradhapura. It is fitted with a gun rack, axe, spade and special lights to avoid detection by aircraft as standard options.