Jeep has created a one-of-a-kind Wrangler 75th Salute concept to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the original Willys MB.
This modern take on the original Willys ‘Jeep’ started out as a base model two-door Wrangler. Transforming it into a Willy’s tribute involved removing the doors, B-pillar and roof frame and adding an olive-drab ‘old-school’ military colour scheme.
The period military theme carries through to the 16-inch steel wheels fitted with 32-inch military tyres, hood latches, rear mounted spare tyre, steel front and rear bumpers and low back canvas seats.
Other one-off features include custom made wooden hood blocks and side mirrors and bronze commemorative badges for the front guards.
Under the bonnet it’s all 2016, with Jeep’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol engine plugged into a six-speed manual transmission.
“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,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global.
The original Willys MB was produced from 1941 after Willys-Overland won a US Army contract to provide a standard, four-wheel-drive, light military vehicle. Manufactured originally by Willys but also by Ford as demand increased during the war years, it was universally known as the ‘Jeep’.