In 1941, the U.S. government was looking for a standardized light motor vehicle to use on the front lines in WWII. Willys-Overland, Ford and Bantam all proposed designs, but the contract was eventually awarded to Willys and their ‘MB’ vehicle, thus marking the start of the Jeep story.
By the end of WWII, more than 500,000 Willys MB Jeeps had been produced (with the help of Ford, mind you) and Willys was looking at producing Jeeps for civilian use. This resulted in the Jeep ‘CJ’ (Civilian Jeep), which laid the groundwork for the wildly popular Jeep Wrangler we know and love today.
2016 marks Jeep’s 75th Anniversary, so naturally, there’s been some celebrating going on over in Auburn Hills. Jeep dropped an entire lineup of 75th Anniversary edition models earlier this year and last week rolled out the Wrangler 75th Salute, which pays homage to the original 1941 Willys MB.
Now, Jeep has released a video depicting its vehicles’ evolution over the past 75 years. The video includes every Jeep model ever made, from the Forward Control trucks to the current-day Renegade, so be sure to check it out above.