The all-new Jeep® Wagoneer represented unparalleled refinement and innovation. Prestige and individuality ruled the day. The Jeep Brand lineup grew to include 14 models — for work, play, recreation and luxuriously capable transportation.
INTRODUCTION TO A DESIGN CLASSIC
The 1960s introduced the Jeep® Wagoneer in 1962, an instant classic designed by Brooks Stevens and advertised as “All-New, All-Jeep.” It featured the first automatic transmission and independent suspension in a 4x4 vehicle. The Gladiator pickup truck was introduced as a “beautiful brute.” A new “Dauntless” V6 engine in the CJ-5 and Cj-6 doubled the power of previous engines.
Inspired Design Continues
1961-1965 FLEETVAN (FJ-3/FJ-3A)
WALK-IN DELIVERY VAN
Willys Motors introduced the two-wheel drive Fleetvan was designed for light-duty, multi-stop applications such as postal delivery and ice-cream trucks. Practical was the operative word for the FJ platform. The Fleetvan was built on a beefed up DJ-3A Dispatcher platform and retained the same tough Jeep® Brand 81-inch wheelbase and F-134 Hurricane F-head engine. The FJ-Series was efficient, rugged and highly maneuverable.
1963-1991 JEEP® WAGONEER (SJ)
The revolutionary Wagoneer was filled with innovation and industry firsts: the first automatic transmission in a 4x4 vehicle; the first overhead-cam six-cylinder truck engine, the first 4x4 vehicle with an independent front suspension; the first automatic full-time 4x4 system. The revolutionary Quadra-Trac® 4x4 system, introduced in 1973, was available in full-size Jeep® Brand trucks and wagons, and later in the CJ-7.
1963-1987 JEEP® GLADIATOR / J-SERIES TRUCK
In late 1965, the J-200 and J-300 Gladiators became known as the J-2000 and J-3000 respectively. The Gladiator name was dropped in 1971, after which the pickup line was known as the J-Series through 1987. In 2005, a new Gladiator concept vehicle was introduced as a prototype for the possible direction the Jeep® Brand might take in the near future.
1964-1967 JEEP® CJ-5A/CJ-6A TUXEDO PARK
1965-1971 JEEP® J-2000 & J-3000 SERIES PICKUP (SJ)
The J-Series Truck featured two great engines: the now standard Jeep® Hi-Torque 6, and the optional Vigilante V-8. You could get the Turbo-Hydra-Matic® automatic transmission along with a new, improved 4-wheel drive shift system and dual-range transfer case, new improved steering, optional full-time power steering, variable-rate rear springs… plus spirited new paint and trim options.
1969-1974 JEEP® GLADIATOR / J-4000 SERIES PICKUP (SJ)
STANDARD 4x4 FOR MAJOR WORK AND FUN
The J-4000 Series pickup featured a new front clip, along 131-inch wheelbase. This brute featured a 19 spline Dana 44 front axle with D44, D53 or D60 rear. The standard powerplant was the 232 V6 engine. Engine options included the AMC 360 V8 and AMC 401 V8. In 1971, the Jeep® Gladiators were the only U.S. pickups to have four-wheel drive as standard and were completely at home in the toughest roughest country. Available options included a power takeoff, dumper body, snowplow, wrecker package and front-mounted winch.
1966-1969 JEEP® SUPER WAGONEER (SJ)
A “SUPER-CUSTOM” WAGONEER
Super Wagoneer sported many premium features including: air conditioning, power tailgate, power brakes, power steering, seven-position tilt steering wheel, tinted windows, three-tone body striping, vinyl roof, padded vinyl roof with chrome roof-rack, full wheel hubcaps, white-walled tires, powerful 327-cubic inch “Vigilante” four-barrel V8 engine (270 hp) with console-shifted TH400 “Turbo Hydra-Matic” automatic transmission–all standard.
VIETNAM-ERA MILITARY PICKUP TRUCK
The M-715 series 1 1/4-ton military Jeep® Brand vehicle was designed to replace the Dodge M37 series 3/4-ton vehicles that had been in military service since 1951. The M-715 was an adaptation of the Gladiator pickup truck, becoming the first tactical vehicle built primarily from civilian components.
The M-715 came in several variations, all built on the same frame and wheelbase: the M-724 cab & chassis model, equipped with a welder, generator, and 8,000-pound winch; the M-725 standard army ambulance, the M-726 telephone maintenance truck with 8,000-pound PTO winch, and spotlight mounted on the left corner of the cowling. Non-military government agencies also used the M-715 as well, including: fire, forestry, and fish/game departments.
1967-1973 JEEPSTER COMMANDO (C-101)/(C-104)
A NEW JEEP® BRAND 4x4 FOR FUN AND ADVENTURE
During the late 1960s, Kaiser detected a growing interest in leisure time use of 4x4 vehicles and capitalized on it with the introduction of a new series called Jeepster Commando. Kaiser Jeep borrowed the names of the Willys Jeepster and the Willys Commando Fire Truck for this sporty vehicle, designed to compete with the Bronco and Land Cruiser.
Long a favorite among the Jeep® Brand faithful, early versions of the Commando came with many desirable components, including the “Dauntless” V6, optional TH400 transmission, and full floating Dana 27 front and 44 rear axles. One of the rarest of rare Jeep vehicles is the 1971 Commando “Hurst Special,” a AMC / Hurst joint promotion that featured a dual-gate Hurst shifter, ABS hoodscoop, 8,000 rpm racing tach, and blue and red exterior rally stripes. Fewer than 100 were ever produced and are much sought-after among collectors.
Two versions of the commando were built: the 1967-1971 Jeepster Commando (C-101) and the AMC-inspired Commando (C-104) of 1972-1973 (dropped Jeepster from name). Several special editions of the Jeepster Commando were produced. The Jeep® Brand produced the SC-1 or Sport Commando in 1971, which came standard with a V6 engine and included a special “Butterscotch” paint job and “speed stripes.” A similar version with revised sheet metal was offered in 1972 as the SC-2.