1960-1969

Inspired Design Continues

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.

1961-1965 FLEETVAN (FJ-3/FJ-3A)

FLEETVAN sitting on dirt lot.

Jeep® Fleetvan.

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.

FLEETVAN sitting on dirt lot.

Jeep® Fleetvan.

This step-van featured sliding doors that were easy to enter from either side. Maximum use of front windshield glass permitted “all-points” vision for the driver thanks to its cab-over engine design.

FLEETVAN sitting on dirt road with additional windows

Jeep® Fleetvan postal truck.

The first version was a right-hand-drive U.S. Post Office model that allowed the driver to operate the vehicle standing up for easier operation.

Fleet van with rear doors open showing cargo space

Jeep® Fleetvan Commercial Van.

The slightly longer FJ-3A featured a long overhang with an overall length of 154 inches (vs 135 inches for the FJ-3).

FLEETVAN sitting on dirt lot.

Jeep® Fleetvan.

In 1965, a new FJ-6 version was built on the CJ-6 platform. In 1975, the FJ-8 3/4-ton Series and FJ-9-Series Postal Service vans built by AM General replaced the FJ-6.

1963-1991 JEEP® WAGONEER (SJ)

white wagoneer on gravel infront of forest

1962 Jeep® Wagoneer

FIRST LUXURY 4x4 SUVs

In 1962, the Jeep® Brand introduced the Wagoneer — the father of all luxury 4x4 SUVs. Replacing the Willys utility wagon lines, the Wagoneer was designed to provide passenger-car styling, comfort and convenience with the advantages of four-wheel drive (4WD).

white wagoneer on gravel infront of forest

1962 Jeep® Wagoneer

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 and 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.

wagoneer on road infront of forest

1966 Jeep® Super Wagoneer

Styled by the famed industrial designer Brooks Stevens, the Wagoneer captured the public imagination with its modern styling and good looks. The entire line of “Senior” (SJ) vehicles included the Gladiator and J-Series Trucks, Wagoneer Station Wagons, Panel Deliveries and early Cherokee models.

interior view of front row of wagoneer

1966 Jeep® Super Wagoneer interior.

The SJ line was in production for more than 28 years with only minor technical changes and when production ended, was the longest continuous automotive production run, on the same platform, in U.S. automotive history.

white wagoneer on grass infront of forest

1962 Jeep® Wagoneer rear rt

The Wagoneer was renamed the Grand Wagoneer in 1984 to coincide with the introduction of the downsized Wagoneer and Cherokee (XJ) models.

1963-1987 JEEP® GLADIATOR / J-SERIES TRUCK

Blue gladiator on white backdrop

1962 Jeep® Gladiator J-200 thriftside pick-up truck.

FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCKS

In 1962, a completely new “J” line of Jeep® Gladiator trucks was introduced for the 1963 model year. The Gladiator full-size pickup trucks shared the same platform, front-end styling and powertrain as the Wagoneer.

Gladiator infront of cornfield

Jeep® Gladiator pickup truck.

The Gladiator was available in either 120-inch (J-200) or 126-inch (J-300) form, and featuring a Dana 20 transfer case and Dana 44s front and rear. A tougher independent front suspension was available on half-ton trucks until 1965 but used a beefier 44IFS front differential.

gladiator rear view of bed, on grass infront of forest

1960s Pillar Jeep® Gladiator J-Series

Available configurations included: Thriftside (narrow box), Townside (wide box), Chassis or Cab; Stake Bed; Wrecker; and Chassis-mounted campers with extended wheelbases.

gladiator with dumptruck bed attached, and elevated

1964 Jeep® Gladiator truck with hydraulic dump bed option.

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.

1964-1967 JEEP® CJ-5A/CJ-6A TUXEDO PARK

CJ-5A front view infront of brick building with off color topper, and matching wheel cover for spare

1964 Jeep® Tuxedo Park Mark IV.

DRESSED UP CJ

The Jeep® Tuxedo Park IV was a luxury special edition available on CJ-5A and CJ-6A vehicles produced from 1964-1967.

CJ-5A topless on road infront of golf course

1964 Jeep® Tuxedo Park Mark IV.

Tuxedo Park IV models included a chrome front bumper, hood badges, windshield hinges, taillamps, hubcaps with a "Jeep" emblem, column shift, four-wheel drive and a 160-horsepower V6 engine option. Jeep® CJ-5A Tuxedo Park’s were used in Lyndon B. Johnson’s inaugural presidential parade in 1965.

1965-1971 JEEP® J-2000 & J-3000 SERIES PICKUP (SJ)

J-2000 on road infront of creek

1968 Jeep® Gladiator J-3000 pick-up truck.

POWERFUL AND TOUGH JEEP® BRAND TRUCKS

In late 1965, the J-200 and J-300 Gladiators became known as the J-2000 and J-3000 respectively. The J-2000 featured a 120-inch wheelbase, and the J-3000 had a 126-inch wheelbase. two- or four-wheel-drive configurations.

red J-2000 on road infront of creek

1965 Jeep® Gladiator truck.

The J-Series Truck featured two great engines: the now standard Jeep® Hi-Torque 6, and the optional Vigilante V8. 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.

J-2000 at work site in mud. 4 cranes in background with piles of dirt

1968 Jeep® Gladiator J-3000 pick-up truck.

In 1968, the J-3000 Truck (126-inch) featured stout Dana 44 front and Dana 53 axles with 4.27:1 standard gear and 350-cubic-inch “Dauntless” V8 (Buick) engine and four-speed transmission.

1969-1974 JEEP® GLADIATOR / J-4000 SERIES PICKUP (SJ)

GLADIATOR with snowplow attached at front

1968 Jeep® Gladiator J-3000 pick-up truck.

STANDARD 4x4 FOR MAJOR WORK AND FUN

The J-4000 Series pickup featured a new front clip, along with a 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.

GLADIATOR with camper on back iin the forest. off road

1970 Jeep® Gladiator pickup camper

A J4800 Camper Special edition was available that could mount a living-space camper on the truck pickup body. This package featured a payload capacity of 3,930 pounds, extra-heavy-duty suspension, four-speed all-synchro transmission, heavy-duty cooling and 10-ply tires.

1966-1969 JEEP® SUPER WAGONEER (SJ)

Turquoise with wood accent wagoneer

1967 Jeep® Super Wagoneer.

A “SUPER-CUSTOM” WAGONEER

In 1965, the Jeep® Brand introduced the refined Super Wagoneer – a true luxury 4x4. Also known as the “Super Custom,” the upscale Wagoneer was designed for the prestige buyer who desired rugged versatility with sedan comfort. It featured a single-speed transfer case for all-weather capability.

Super wagoneer on road infront of dutch style house, surrounded by trees.

1966 Jeep® Super 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.

interior view of wagoneer

1966 Jeep® Super Wagoneer.

With this high level of standard equipment, Super Wagoneer paved the way for the burgeoning luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market of today. The $5,943 MSRP was almost double that of the base Wagoneer, which set it apart from the masses.

view of trunk of wagoneer

1966 Jeep® Super Wagoneer trunk.

1975 marked the introduction of the “woody" treatment, a wood grain appliqué, a look that became synonymous with later Wagoneer’s.

1967-1969 M-715

Jeep History 1967-1969 M-715 Cargo Truck

Jeep® M-715 Cargo Truck

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.

Jeep History 1967-1969 M-715

Jeep® M-715 at Camp Jeep.

The M-715 featured an inline six-cylinder “Tornado” engine, T-98 four-speed transmission, NP200 transfer case with low range, Dana 60 front and Dana 70 full-floating rear axle with 5.87:1 axle ratio. Top speed was 55 mph.

Jeep History 1967-1969 M-715 at Military Base

Jeep® M-715 at Camp Jeep.

The front grille fenders, hood, doors and cab were stamped from Gladiator dies, with modifications to the upper part of the cab and doors as well as the fender cutouts. The cargo box was an entirely military design.

Jeep History 1967-1969 M-715 Front View

Jeep® M-715 Cargo Truck

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)

Jeep History 1967-1973 Jeepster Commando

1967 Jeep® Jeepster Commando.

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.

Jeep History 1967 Jeepster Commando

1967 Jeep® Jeepster Commando.

Launched with a youthful ad campaign promising seaside fun, the Commando was the first compact 4WD vehicle with automatic transmission and sported an interior “designed to handle the elements and impress the ladies on the beach.”

Jeep History 1967-1973 Jeepster Commando No Top

1967 Jeep® Jeepster Commando.

The C-101 (101-inch wheelbase) was built on a CJ-6 chassis with four body options – roadster, pickup, power-top convertible and station wagon (8705F).

Jeep History 1968 Jeepster Commando

1968 Jeep® Jeepster Commando.

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® Brand 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.

Jeep History 1967-1973 Jeepster Commando Side View

1971 SC-1 Jeepster Commando

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.

Jeep History 1972 Jeep Jeepster Commando Pickup Truck

1972 Jeep® Jeepster Commando pickup

The front end of the Commando was restyled in 1972 to accommodate the AMC 232 and 258 OHV six-cylinder and 304 V8 engines. Many feel the departure from the traditional Jeep® Brand grille brought on a quick demise for the Commando.