• On stepping in the door of The Jeep Collection you'll see the starting quartet that led to the Wrangler we have today. From left, the 1941 Willys MA, the 1941 Bantam BRC 40, and 1941 Ford GP. The U.S. Army chose the Willys, then combined the best aspects of all three to create the fourth vehicle, the Willys MB. The Willys MB on display is from 1945.  
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  • The Willys won the Army competition primarily because of the 60 hp and 105 lb-ft from its Go Devil engine - more output than the Bantam or the Ford. It also had trick features like manual windshield wipers the passenger could operate. In the Bantam and the Ford, the driver had to operate the wipers.
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  • One of 200 prototypes Ford built for the war effort, the Blue Oval didn't try very hard, slotting a 45-hp tractor engine under the hood. However, a number of features from the GP made it to the wartime Jeep, such as the recessed headlights.
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  • Having proved itself in The Second Great War, Jeep stayed on the front lines. In the back, a 1951 Willys M38 based on the CJ-3A. Upgrades included a 24V electrical system, one-piece windshield, bottom-mounted wipers, pioneer tools (axe and shovel) mounted on the passenger side, and larger tires for rougher terrain. Oh, and a seven-slot grille. 

    In the foreground, a 1952 Willys M38-A1, built for 19 years, the first Jeep to feature the familiar round fenders flanking the contoured hood. It went back to a two- piece windshield with top-mounted wipers, but got a new “Hurricane” F-head engine with 72 hp and 114 lb-ft.

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  • 1947 Willys CJ-2A Fire Truck, popular with forest fire fighters because of its small size and nimble handling. 
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  • It wasn't all about fighting wars and fires. Built on the CJ-3A and two-wheel drive, this is a 1960 Willys DJ-3A Surrey. It was concocted when Conrad Hilton - Paris' great grandfather - asked the CEO of Kaiser to make a Jeep that could ferry guests at some of Conrad's resorts.
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  • Civilian Jeeps line the other side of the Omix-ADA collection. That's a 1949 Willys VJ Jeepster at the head of the row.
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