100. Willys Jeep 1941–1945 United States
The iconic World War II Jeep. At the start of World War II, the United States government was seeking a light, versatile, 4X4, reconnaissance vehicle. Manufactured by Willy’s Overhead in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company, Willy’s Jeep filled that void. It served valiantly in World War II, proving to be versatile, tough, and dependable, giving US recon soldiers an badly needed advantage. After the war some CJs (Civilian Jeeps) were produced and soon became popular. The wide-axel powerhouse would inspire the Jeep Wrangler and other larger all-terrain designs. Its importance in battle and its role as a trend setter are why this relic of war was nominated for the Car of the Century award.