Of motorcycles and other military vehicles in 1938 (modified Ford Model-T) can replace; In search of a light, maneuverable, robust, safe and fast general purpose vehicle, the US military organized a competition to meet this need. 135 different companies were invited to participate in the competition. However, the companies to participate in the competition had to comply with some restrictions. Some of these limitations were the weight not exceeding 600 lbs for transport and the wheelbase not exceeding 75 inches. A fierce struggle began to produce a prototype in just 49 days and also 75 test vehicles in 70 days. As a result, only three companies were able to achieve this (Bantam, Willy-Overland, and Ford). The winner of the contest was Willy-Overland for $ 738,74. The name of this model was CJ1A. This vehicle, which is very luxurious for a military vehicle, had awning and automatic windows. The following year, this vehicle, which kept pretty good in the army, was made available to the civilian population with the name CJ2 and a few differences.