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Jeep Model Designations

  • MA: The first prototype Jeeps built in 1941. M designates a military model and A indicates the first model.
  • MB: Standard WWII military Jeep built from 1942 through 1945. The B indicates it was the second series. The Ford models were called GPW. The G stood for government, P indicated an 80 inch wheelbase and W stood for Willys design.
  • CJ-2: The first civilian model built in1944 and 1945 using some surplus military components.
  • CJ-2A: Civilian Jeep built from 1945 into early 1949.
  • CJ-3A: Civilian Jeep built from 1948 to 1953 with slight differences in body dimensions.
  • M-38: A military version of the CJ-3A without a tailgate built from 1950 to 1955. Willys also called this model an MC.
  • CJ-3B: Similar to the CJ-3A with a taller hood to allow the use of the F-head engine. Built from 1953 through 1968. (some sources report production ended in 1964.)
  • M-606: A military version of the CJ-3B built from 1954 to 1968. Most exported to foreign militaries.
  • CJ-4: A prototype built in 1950 but never produced as a commercial version. There was also a model called the CJ-4 built under Willys license in India.
  • CJ-V35U: A modified CJ-3A built for the United States Navy in 1950.
  • VJ: The early two wheel drive Jeepsters built in 1949 and 1950.
  • M38-A1: A military Jeep also called the MD built between 1952 and 1957. A longer wheelbase version designated the MSA or M-170 was built for use as an ambulance and weapons carrier. Some M-170's were built as special orders as late as 1971.
  • FC-150: An 81 inch wheelbase cab forward pickup built between 1956 and 1964.
  • FC-170: A 103 inch wheelbase cab forward pickup built from 1957 to 1964.
  • CJ-5: Civilian Jeep based on the M38-A1 built from 1954 to 1971 with an 81 inch wheelbase and from 1972 to 1984 with an 83.5 inch wheelbase.
  • CJ-6: Civilian Jeep similar to the CJ-5 with a 101 inch wheelbase, built from 1956 to 1975. Many were sold overseas and used as taxis.
  • CJ-7: A modernized version of the CJ-5 built from 1976 to 1986 with a 93.5 inch wheelbase.
  • CJ-8: A 103.5 inch wheelbase pick up version of the CJ-7 built from 1982 to 1986. These models were called the Scrambler. A version with an insulated steel hardtop and auto transmission was used by the U.S. Postal Service in Alaska.
  • CJ-10: Built only for the military and overseas customers with a 119 inch wheelbase and pickup styling. A shorter wheelbase two wheel drive model was built for use as an aircraft tug and called the CJ-10A.
  • C-101: The Jeepster built from 1966 to 1973.
  • M-151: The MUTT (Military Utility Tactical Truck) designed by Ford but built by Jeep. Built with independent suspension and a uni-body.
  • M-715: A one and a quarter ton truck built by Jeep between 1967 and 1969 using the same engines and transmissions as the Gladiator truck.
  • DJ: Two wheel drive "Dispatcher" Jeeps built in both right and left hand drive models based on CJ-3A, CJ-5 and CJ-6 platforms for use in delivery service (mainly by the U.S. Postal Service.)
  • MJ: The Jeep Comanche pickup built from 1986 to 1992 modeled after the Cherokee. The M no longer correlated to the military.
  • SJ: The fullsize Wagoneer built from 1963 through 1983, the Jeep Cherokee built from 1974 to 1983 and the Grand Wagoneer built from 1984 to 1991.
  • J: Fullsize Jeep Gladiator pickup built from 1963 to 1987.
  • XJ: The Jeep Cherokee built from 1984 to 2001.
  • YJ: The Jeep Wrangler built from 1987 to 1996.
  • YJ Long: A longer wheelbase version of the standard YJ built from 1988 to 1995 for use in South America. Fitted with a steel hardtop.
  • TJ: The 1997-current Wrangler including the Rubicon and Unlimited models.
  • ZJ: The Grand Cherokee built from 1993 to 1998.
  • WJ: The Grand Cherokee built from 1999 to 2004.
  • KJ: An SUV called the Jeep Liberty built from 2002-present.
  • WK: Redesigned Grand Cherokee introduced as the 2005 model year with independent front suspension

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