Jeep Celebrates its Military Heritage with Retro Wrangler Concept

Jeep Celebrates its Military Heritage with Retro Wrangler Concept

A unique commemorative Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle has been announced.

Jeep has a rich history dating back to 1941, when the name symbolized a unique family of go-anywhere, do-anything vehicles, a spirit the brand is trying to capture in this concept.

The one-of-a-kind Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept is a modern interpretation of the Willys MB and is based on a two-door Wrangler Sport. On the outside, it has received an olive-drab paint scheme, first used on military vehicles 75 years ago.

Other features include 16-inch steel wheels wrapped in 32-inch military non-directional tires, hood latches, a rear-mounted spare tire, steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks, low back canvas seats, custom wood hood blocks and side mirrors, as well as bronze commemorative fender badges.

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Under the hood is Jeep’s familiar 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

“We are creating this unique Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle in celebration of the brand’s legendary history, and to demonstrate that 75 years later, today’s iconic Jeep Wrangler is instantly recognizable and clearly connected to the original Willys MB,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Since they were first produced in 1941, Jeep vehicles have been the authentic benchmark for off-road capability, having mastered more terrain, led more adventures and provided drivers more freedom than any other vehicle before or since.”

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  • Tachybaptus

    OK, this is a stunt, a Wrangler made to look as much like a WWII Jeep as possible. But it is a handsome vehicle, and behind the picturesque scenery it is a proper, simple, strong Wrangler. As a Brit, I feel very envious as I look at the miserable mess that Land-Rover have made of the Defender replacement, a wretched travesty suitable only for feeble metrosexuals which will drive farmers to buy a Toyota instead.

  • Mike

    Toyotas are much better vehicles than Rovers ever have been. Same with Fiat made Jeep vehicles. Junk. Reliability is horrid.

  • zoomzoomjeff

    Agreed. Jeeps have been junk since the Daimler-Chrysler fiasco. Now that it’s Fiat, they’re no better. Possibly even worse. The only model that saves the brand right now is the Wrangler. Everything else is just relying on their heritage to skate by and convince girls that they’re cute vehicles and need to have one. This from a CJ, ZJ and WJ owner.