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Old 12-02-2013, 12:48 PM   #1
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Understanding the various Wrangler Models and designations (CJ, YJ, TJ, JK, etc.)

The vehicle we call the Jeep Wrangler has evolved quite a bit over the years. The monsters we drive today can trace their line all the way back to the first prototypes produced in 1940 (Production models started rolling off the production line in the fall of 1941). The US Army put out a request for bids to make a Command/Reconnaissance vehicle and thus an American Icon was born.

After WWII, the Willys Overland Company started selling civilian versions of their now iconic Willys MB, calling it the CJ-2A. From 1946 to 1985, the various Jeep versions carried the CJ designation symbolizing a "Civilian Jeep".

With the introduction of the Jeep Wrangler, the letter designations ceased to have any meaning to anyone other than the manufacturer. This hasn't kept people from putting their own words to the letters: YJ = "Wide Jeep", TJ = "Tough Jeep", JK = "Jeep King", and some other not so friendly terms that won't be mentioned here.

Note: In addition to the Wrangler models listed, the list of the various editions is by no means all-inclusive and are not listed in any particular order. I've tried to list as many as I can but some were only available for a very short time and may get left out by mistake. There have been more Jeep models than the version currently called "Wrangler" (the Wrangler name was first used with the models beginning in 1987). The following information has been edited from Wikipedia, so if you want more info. on the other Jeep models, you can follow that link.

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Military and historical models

  • 1940 Bantam, Willys & Ford Prototypes
  • 1941 Ford GP
  • 1941 Willys MA
  • 1941 Bantam BRC-40
  • 1942–1945 Willys MB
  • 1942–1945 Ford GPA & GPW
  • 1950–1952 M38 (MC)
  • 1952–1957 M38A1 (MD)
  • 1952–1957 M38A1C
  • 1955 M38A1D
  • 1959–1982 M151 MUTT
Jeep CJ (Civilian Jeep)

  • 1944 CJ-1
  • 1944–1945 CJ-2
  • 1945–1949 CJ-2A
  • 1949–1953 CJ-3A
  • 1950 CJ-V35
  • 1950 CJ-4—Prototype
  • 1950 CJ-4M—Prototype
  • 1950 CJ-4MA—Prototypes
  • 1953–1968 CJ-3B
  • 1954–1983 CJ-5
    • 1961–1963 Tuxedo Park Mark III
    • 1969 Camper
    • 1969 462
    • 1970 Renegade I
    • 1971 Renegade II
    • 1972–1983 Renegade Models
    • 1973 Super Jeep
    • 1977–1979 Golden Eagle
    • 1977 Golden Eagle California Edition (available only through California AMC Dealerships)
    • 1980 Golden Hawk
    • 1979 Silver Anniversary CJ-5 Limited Edition (estimated 1,000 built)
  • 1955–1975 CJ-6
  • 1955–1968 CJ-3B Long—Spain
  • 1960–1977 Jeep Rural—Brazil
  • 1964–1967 CJ-5A/CJ-6A Tuxedo Park
  • 1976–1986 CJ-7
    • 1982 Jamboree Limited Edition (2500 units)
  • 1979 CJ-5 Silver Anniversary Limited Edition (estimated 1,000 built)
  • 1981–1985 CJ-8 Scrambler
  • 1981–1985 CJ-10
Jeep DJ (Dispatcher Jeep)

  • 1955 USAF DJ
  • 1955–1964 DJ-3A
    • Surrey Gala Package
  • 1965–1975 DJ-5
  • 1965–1973 DJ-6
  • 1967–1975 DJ-5A
  • 1970–1972 DJ-5B
  • 1973–1974 DJ-5C
  • 1975–1976 DJ-5D
  • 1976 DJ-5E Electruck
  • 1977–1978 DJ-5F
  • 1979 DJ-5G
  • 1982 DJ-5L
Jeep Wrangler
  • 1987–1995 Wrangler YJ

  • Base (S or SE) models with several editions
    • Laredo
    • Islander
    • Sport
    • Sahara
    • Renegade
    • Rio Grande
  • 1997–2006 Wrangler TJ
  • 2004 - 2006 Wrangler TJ Unlimited

  • Se, X, Sport, Sahara and Rubicon models with many editions
    • Rubicon Tomb Raider Edition
    • Freedom Edition
    • Willys Edition
    • Columbia Edition
    • Golden Eagle Edition
    • 60th Anniversary Edition
    • 65th Anniversary Edition
    • Apex Edition
    • Rocky Mountain Edition
  • 2007 - Present Wrangler JK

The Jeep brand currently produces two Wrangler versions:
  • JK: The current 2-door version of the Wrangler
  • JK Unlimited: The long wheelbase, 4-door version
    • Both the JK and JK Unlimited come in 3 basic models
      • X (aka Sport)
      • Sahara
      • Rubicon
    • Within the models there many special editions, some of them are
      • Mountain Edition
      • Islander Edition
      • Mojave Edition
      • Call of Duty : MW3 Edition
      • 70th Anniversary Edition
      • Oscar Mike Edition
      • Dragon Edition
      • Moab Edition
      • Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition
      • Freedom Edition
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