The Willys Jeep began production in 1940 in the early days of World War 2. It is often credited with being one of the vehicles that played a major role in the victory of the allied forces. Few vehicles exist today that played such a major part in shaping the modern world. The CJ series evolved rapidly, first as the CJ-3A (1948 – 1953), with improved ventilation and a one-piece windshield that featured wipers at the bottom as opposed to mounted in the top frame. The CJ-3B (1953 to 1965) had a higher hood to accommodate the more powerful “Hurricane” overhead-valve four-cylinder engine.