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Willys (pronounced "Will-is") was the brand name used by the United States automobile company Willys-Overland Motors, best known for its design and production of military Jeeps (MBs) and civilian versions (CJs) during the twentieth century. The World War II Jeep inspired many imitations. Creations from competing manufacturers such as Land Rover, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and a few others all owe their beginnings in the 4x4 world to the inspiration of the military Jeep.

In 1908, John Willys bought the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company and in 1912 renamed it Willys-Overland Motor Company. From 1912 to 1918, Willys was the second largest producer of automobiles in the United States after Ford Motor Company. Willys was one of several bidders when the War Department sought an automaker who could begin rapid production of a lightweight truck based on a prototype designed by American Bantam. Production of the Willys MB, better known as Jeep, began in 1941, shared between Willys, Ford and American Bantam. In total, 653,568 military Jeeps were eventually manufactured during World War II.

The Jeep CJ (or Civilian Jeep) is a public version of the famous Military Jeep from World War II. The first CJ prototype (the CJ-2) was introduced in 1944 by Willys, and the same basic vehicle stayed in production through seven variants and three corporate parents until 1986. A variant of the CJ is still in production today under license. The last CJs, the CJ-7 and CJ-8, were replaced in 1987 by the Jeep Wrangler.
 
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