Pick of the day: 1972 Jeep Commando

The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps
The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps

Despite its militaristic name, the Commando was a civilized version of Jeep, in relation to the classic CJ models, designed with a longer wheelbase and more interior space to compete with such interlopers as the Ford Bronco and International Scout.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Jeep Commando that appears to be in very good condition with new paint and a fresh interior in stock specifications, unusual for a vehicle that is more-often altered with an array of off-roading upgrades and custom “improvements.” Even the set of new wheels and hubcaps are factory spec, according to the seller, a Roswell, Georgia, dealer. Continue reading

Driven: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 75th Anniversary Edition

The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos
The Jeep Wrangler feels right at home in the Arizona desert | Bob Golfen photos

The four-door Jeep Wrangler is such a brilliant product, combining the freedom and joy of the venerable CJ with the practicality of a crossover SUV. There are compromises in ride and convenience, but for many people, those are outweighed by the go-anywhere capability and rugged image of the Jeep.

With four doors, more-refined interiors and reasonably accommodating back seats, such Jeeps can pass as viable family transporters. The familiar two-door Wrangler would be fine for singles or couples, not so much for a foursome where the rear seat is more of an afterthought. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 ‘forward-control’ pickup

The Jeep 'forward control' pickup is a rarely seen but iconic classic truck
The Jeep ‘forward control’ pickup is a rarely seen but iconic classic truck

The Pick of the Day is one of the oddest-looking pickup trucks ever made, but one that has achieved icon status among the cadre of true Jeep faithful. Rare then and much rarer today, the “forward-control” pickup was recently celebrated by Jeep with a modern concept version.

The 1964 Kaiser Jeep FC170 has been comprehensively restored, according to the Glen Ellyn, Illinois, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com. This is a beefy ¾ ton, four-wheel-drive truck designed for heavy duty, but in its apparently immaculate condition, this one would be more at home on the car-show field or showed off on cruise night. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A

The 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A was the first civilian version of the World War II utility vehicle
The 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A was the first civilian version of the World War II utility vehicle

On the day after the 72st anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces landed at Normandy on June 6, 1944, to launch the massive invasion that liberated Europe from the Nazis, here is a Pick of the Day that represents the most famous and longest-lasting automotive relic of World War II.

The 1945 Willys Jeep CJ2A was the first civilian Jeep model (thus: CJ), and this restored example painted in dark maroon is ready for shows and parades, or else doing what it does best: conquering nearly impassible terrain. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1949 Willys Overland Jeepster

The Willys Jeepster was a more-civilized highway version of the military Jeep
The Willys Jeepster was a more-civilized highway version of the military Jeep

The Willys Jeep was still being lauded as one of the true heroes of World War II when the small automaker decided to come out with a more-civilized version designed for the family man.

The Pick of the Day is one of those, a 1949 Willys Overland Jeepster that the seller says is a clean and rust-free Arizona car that is all ready to drive with the top down. These quirky rear-wheel-drive roadsters might not have the four-wheeler credentials of the classic CJ, but they do make a statement all their own. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1983 Jeep CJ7

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Pick of the Day: 1983 Jeep CJ7

If you watched the Super Bowl, you probably took note of the evocative and star-studded 60-second Jeep commercial during the half time break featuring Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Jeff Goldblum and the dinosaurs from Jurassic World. The Terminator even made an appearance. In addition to these more recognized figures, the commercial featured 60 portraits in total of other famous and ordinary people who helped shape Jeep’s 75 year history in addition to different Jeep models throughout its history.

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Pick of the Day: 1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief

1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief has been restored inside and out
1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief has been restored inside and out

For the 1974 model year, Jeep launched a second version of what we now recognize as a full-size sport utility vehicle, the new Cherokee joining the Wagoneer. With the introduction of the two-door Cherokee, Jeep was able to move the four-door Wagoneer upmarket.

Our Pick of the Day is a 1977 Cherokee Chief. The Chief featured an appearance package that included wider wheels and tires, and special trim. Continue reading

SEMA Seen: 1946 Willys CJ-2A Farm Jeep

 

1946 Willys was modified for use in post-war farming | Larry Edsall photos
1946 Willys was modified for use in post-war farming | Larry Edsall photos

Each year at the SEMA Show, Omix-ADA, the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler of Jeep parts and accessories, brings and displays part of its historic Jeep collection under a specific theme. This year the theme is “rare vintage civilian model Jeeps” and the star is a 1946 Willys CJ-2A Farm Jeep.

According to Omix-ADA, the vehicle is one of the earliest examples of a post-war Jeep. It was marketed as the “All-Around Farm Work-Horse.” Continue reading

Driven: 2015 AEV Jeep Brute

American Expedition Vehicles uplifts Wrangler into Brute pickup | Larry Edsall photos
American Expedition Vehicles uplifts Wrangler into Brute pickup | Larry Edsall photos

It’s called the Brute, but we found nothing brutal about it, at least not in the unpleasant, cruel, savage, pitiless, coarse, harsh or barbaric sense of the term.

On the other hand, this four-door Jeep pickup truck does more than fit the fierce and physical sense of being a brute.

OK, so what is this vehicle? Well, it comes off the Fiat Chrysler assembly line in Toledo as a four-door Wrangler Unlimited model. But instead of being shipped to a Jeep dealership, the vehicle goes to American Expedition Vehicles northwest of Detroit. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer looks all ready for a vacation trip
The Jeep Grand Wagoneer looks all ready for a vacation trip

This 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is truly grand. The 25-year-old example of the first full-size American luxury SUV is said to be a rare rust-free survivor that benefitted from an easy life in a dry climate, and driven only 66,545 miles.

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