The Willys CJ2A was one of the civilian jeep designs put out by Willys after the completion of the war. Similar in most ways to the Willys MB, Willys CJ vehicles, including the Willys CJ2A, incorporated design alterations to include vacuum-powered windshield wipers, a tailgate and civilian lighting.
Production on the Willys CJ2A started July 17, 1945, sharing production time with the MBs. The CJ2A had two distinct series, often referred to as Very Early Civilian (VEC) and Early Civilian (EC) CJ2As. The EC CJ2A is considered to have been in production from mid-1946 to mid-1947.
Early CJ2As, using many Willys MB parts, featured a civilianized MB with larger Willys headlights and a side-mounted spare tire. As the MB parts began to run out, later CJ2A jeeps featured design, and thus parts changes, including chrome headlight trims, chrome rear tail lamp doors, chrome rear reflectors and more. Later changes included paint colors, offering a wider variety of body paint colors, as opposed to the two colors that the early Willys CJ2As came in.