Originally, fighting vehicles were based on existing civilian models such as the Ford Model T or even a Roll-Royce. Modern military vehicles, however, are specifically designed for battle in the most extreme combat arena. Today, we have compiled a list of top 5 Jeeps. Let us know which one is your favorite.
1- Jeep CJ and Wrangler
In the early stages of WWII, allied forces realized the need for an all-wheel drive, general-purpose vehicle that could confidently serve in harsh battlefield conditions, including beds of water. The military Jeep was the first fighting vehicle of its kind that wasn’t based on a civilian production vehicle. Willys-Overland and the Ford Motor Company shipped out 643,000 Jeeps for duty.
The Jeep design remained a mainstay on American bases for many decades after WWII. In combat, they operated as troop carriers, ambulances, reconnaissance, and commuter vehicles for higher-ranked officers. Later versions, known as M151 Military Utility Tactical Truck ( MUTT ), served as mobile missile launchers.
Exploiting much of the same tooling and engineering, Willys-Overland began producing civilian Jeeps under the name CJ-2A shortly after the War in Europe concluded. Through the years the Jeep name emerged as a brand name, with the CJ chassis sold in a wagon, a pick-up and in a sports-convertible configuration known as the Jeepster.
Today, surviving three corporate ownership changes, the vehicle is now known as the Jeep Wrangler existing in roughly the same form as its distant military ancestor. Although, that ancestor might think less of the future generation’s CD player and air conditioning.
The front end of the modern Jeep has retained a close resemblance to its militarized parents and grandparents. Most notably, the trademark flat, slotted grille found on all Jeep models since the 1946 Willys (excluding the Jeepster). Its inclusion on the civilian models clearly illustrates Jeep’s rigged, yet simple image.