History of the Jeep Wagoneer

Bigger Engines, More Power
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Bigger Engines, More Power

When it debuted in 1946, the Jeep Station Wagon was powered by a 134 cubic-inch, flathead four-cylinder engine that had been in the famous Willys MB Jeeps during World War II. They called it the “Go Devil,” and it made 63 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque.

A straight-six was introduced in 1948, and in 1962 Jeep introduced a 231 cubic-inch straight-six “Tornado” with an overhead cam, a technological leap of some distinction in that day. It made 140 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque. That engine proved a little too far ahead of its time, and when it came time to send the Jeep Station Wagon into the next generation as a Wagoneer, Jeep dropped the Tornado. 

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