When Did Jeep First Make a Pickup Truck?

Jeep vehicles have long been a symbol of adventure and freedom. The iconic 4x4s have been a favorite of off-road enthusiasts since they first rolled off the production line in 1941, and Jeep pickups have been part of that tradition since 1947.

Jeep’s first pickup truck was the Jeep Willys-Overland Pickup. It was based on the CJ-2A utility vehicle, which was derived from the original Willys MA military jeep used during World War II.

The pickup featured an integrated steel bed and box sides, and was powered by the same four-cylinder engine as the CJ-2A.

The Jeep Willys-Overland Pickup proved to be immensely popular with farmers, ranchers, and other rural customers who appreciated its ruggedness, reliability, and affordability. The truck also gained traction among outdoors enthusiasts who wanted a vehicle that could handle both on-road driving and off-road excursions with ease.

In 1948, Jeep released an updated version of the Willys-Overland Pickup called the Jeep Willys Truck (aka “the J Series”). This new model featured a larger engine and improved suspension that allowed for greater carrying capacity and better fuel economy. It also included options such as power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and an automatic transmission for those who wanted more creature comforts.

In 1953, Jeep released yet another iteration of its pickup truck—the Jeep FC Series—which was based on the CJ-3A utility vehicle. The FC Series featured a longer wheelbase than its predecessors and a wider track width for increased stability on rough terrain. Additionally, it offered several different body styles including a standard cab pickup as well as extended cab models.

Since then, Jeep pickups have come in all shapes and sizes including the Gladiator (1963–1971), Comanche (1986–1992), Wrangler JK (2007–2018), and most recently the Wrangler JL (2018–present). Each iteration has brought something new to the table while still maintaining Jeep’s signature toughness.


When Did Jeep First Make a Pickup Truck? The answer is 1947 when they released their first model – the Jeep Willys-Overland Pickup – which quickly became popular with farmers, ranchers, outdoors enthusiasts for its ruggedness and reliability. Since then there have been several iterations of this classic truck from different body styles to increased carrying capacity; making it one of America’s favorite vehicles for over 70 years!

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Susan Delgado