Back in the day, the Willys CJ or "civilian jeeps" were the first civilian versions of the famous Willys Military Jeeps from World War 2. Due to the constant screening of war films and propaganda during those times, the popularity of these vehicles increased and soon there was a huge public clamor for civilian versions of the jeep. The civilian jeeps had a number of different models but the one that most people are probably familiar with would be the Jeep CJ5. More than 603,303 CJ5s were produced from1954 up to 1983 making it one very popular vehicle at the time.
As the Jeep brand bounced from one owner to another, the specifications for the CJ5 continued to vary. But it retained its iconic look and feel as a tough and rugged off-road vehicle, which is much appreciated by 4x4 enthusiasts who continue to use the CJ5 today. CJ5 parts differed depending on the year that the vehicle was produced and which company manufactured it at the time. As such, it is important for Jeep CJ5 owners to get parts that are compatible with their ride. For example, the tops of the 1955 to 1975 model will not fit the redesigned CJ5 from 1976 up to 1983. Fortunately, retailers and aftermarket suppliers are aware of the differences and have made products for the different variants of the CJ5
The Jeep CJ line produced a lot of different variations of the original "jeep" that ended with the CJ10. It was later replaced with the Jeep Wrangler in 1987 under Chrysler. Nevertheless, the Jeep CJ5 has retained its popularity throughout its three decade run. Its enduring popularity has influenced later Jeep designs, and much of it can be seen in the Wrangler which has replaced it. Spanning seven different variants and three corporate parents, the CJ5 has proven itself to one be tough and classic ride.