A Brief History of Jeep Trucks {Aug} Get Complete Insight!

A Brief History of Jeep Trucks 2021

A Brief History of Jeep Trucks {Aug} Get Complete Insight! >> That Jeep Gladiator pickup is bad, ain’t it? The mid-size truck is a cool versatile tool that can haul and tow more than a Wrangler. But some folks act as if that’s Jeep’s first foray into the truck world. It’s not. In fact, the name “Gladiator” isn’t even new. By way of illustration, here’s a brief history of Jeep trucks. 

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Willys-Overland Jeep 4×4, 1947-1965 

After Jeep did its thing ferrying soldiers around during World War II, the company unveiled the CJ series, basically a civilian iteration of wartime truck. Shortly after, in 1947, Willys-Overland introduced the bigger “4×4 Pickup,” propelled by a four-cylinder engine that made 63 horsepower. The truck was available as a half-ton panel van and one-ton pickup. 

By 1965, sales flattened, and the generic-sounding “pickup” had come to its demise. That was three years after the more contemporary J-series arrived on the scene. Ultimately, the pickup gained the addition of a new four-cylinder engine plus a 115-horsepower inline six. 

Jeep FC Series, 1957-1966 

In 1957, Jeep introduced a swell pickup, the smiley-face FC (forward control) Series. In the ¾-ton FC-150, you got a 72-horsepower four cylinder. The 1-ton FC-170 came with a 115-horsepower inline six. These trucks were workhorses on farms everywhere. 

Jeep Gladiator/J-Series, 1963-1987 

The series had a long run, eh? During this time, the Jeep name switched from Kaiser’s purview to AMC. And note that the J-Series was first sold with the now-familiar “Gladiator” marque – quite daring for back then. The J-Series ultimately led to the J-Series, which became the J-10/J-20 in the 1970s. In 1965, for the first time, customers could eschew the inline six for a brawnier V8. The 1970s saw exterior changes such as square headlights and full-width grille.  

Jeep Jeepster Commando/Commando 1967-1973 

The Jeepster Commando was conceived in the late 1940s but, due to poor sales, died in 1951, only to return in 1967 with a slightly modified front end and a 75-horsepower four-cylinder engine (a six-cylinder was optional). At length, four body styles were offered: wagon, pickup, convertible, and roadster. In 1972, Jeep lopped off the “Jeepster” part of the name and freshened Commando’s styling. 

Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler, 1981-1985 

Jeep introduced the uber-cool CJ-8 Scrambler in 1981. It had a five-foot usable and spacious pickup bed – really an open cargo bay — and an 82-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 110-horsepower inline six. You also got to choose between a hard or soft top for this Jeep truck

Jeep Comanche, 1986-1992 

The Comanche is introduced as a conventional-bed pickup that screams the ‘80s, what with its angles and other design cues. Plus, it had a cool roll bar. At the start, the ride offered a variety of engine displacements that led, finally, to Jeep’s venerable 4.0-liter inline six in 1987, when Jeep also added a short-wheelbase body style and six-foot bed. 

Mopar Jeep Wrangler JK-8 Conversion Kit, 2011- 

Jeep’s factory-offered pickups ended in 1992, but that didn’t put an end to Jeep pickups. For instance, Mopar, which is Chrysler’s parts and accessories unit, released the JK-8 conversion kit in 2011 for the Wrangler Unlimited. In fact, to this day, owners of four-door Wranglers can convert their ride. 

The Wrangler Pickup, 2018- 

Many thought it’d never happen, but Jeep’s Wrangler pickup premiered as the 2020 Gladiator that was built to rival those in the mid-size truck segment. It’s got an all-new frame, solid towing capability and a front end that’s reminiscent of Wrangler’s. 

After that brief history of Jeep trucks, you’re ready to go out and pick one up, eh? We don’t blame you. Jeep’s pickup lineage, in the run up to today’s Gladiator, is long and rich. 

Get yours today. 

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