About the Willys CJ-3A:
The CJ-3A Jeep was introduced by Willys-Overland in 1949 to replace the CJ-2A Jeep as a possible result of the CJ-2A’s decreased sales. The CJ-3A was part of the Universal CJ series, intended for agricultural and industrial uses. To appeal more to the civilian market several details were updated for better comfort and drivability but keeping with the “utilitarian” aspect of the jeeps.
The biggest change introduced was the one-piece windshield with an improved vacuum-type windshield wiper for better road visibility, and a windshield ventilator for the circulation of fresh air. Other updates from the CJ-2A were increased leg room, leakproof connection features for the canvas top and front side of each door, thicker cushions, and more headroom adding 2 3/8″ to the overall height. The rear wheel well was shortened and the drivers seat was moved toward the rear of the vehicle, shortening the deck. The suspension was also improved to help with agricultural use. The only marketing of this jeep was done in farm journals, as Willys-Overland considered trying to enter the passenger car market which was dominated by Ford and GM at the time. Approx. 131,843 CJ-3A’s were sold from 1949-1953 until the CJ-3B was introduced in 1953.
The Willys CJ-3A Farm Jeep an american classic.
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