Despite being one of the hottest-selling brands in America, and parent company Fiat Chrysler’s current meal ticket, Jeep is the last remaining pillar of this country’s rich history of independent automakers. Before it came under the ownership of Chrysler in 1987, Jeep was struggling to compete with the Big Three, and therefore, it offered pickup trucks. Damn good pickup trucks.
Today, Jeep isn’t known as a truck company, but that wasn’t always the case. From 1947 to 1992, or roughly 60% of its existence, Jeep has sold trucks. And while they’re not as well-known as the Ford F-150 or Chevy Silverado, almost all of them earned their right to have a place in automotive history.
Now that a Wrangler-based pickup is returning to the Jeep lineup by 2019, a quick look into Jeep’s past reminded us just how much the new truck has to live up to. While we count down the days before Jeep takes the wraps off its new hauler (right now, we just have a few precious spy photos to work with), here are the 10 Jeeps that got us to this point.