Cars Then & Now

1945 Jeep CJ-2A
Original Base price: $1,200
While this wasn’t technically the first Wrangler, the CJ-2A was the first civilian Jeep and the resemblance to the current Wrangler is undeniable. Based on the military offering of the time, the CJ-2A featured several items not available on the military Jeep, including a tailgate, side-mounted spare tire, larger headlights and an external fuel cap. The CJ-2A was the first to use the 7-slot grille, a feature that has become a trademark of the modern-day Wrangler.

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