The original Jeep from Willys was first produced in 1941. Shortly after it rolled off the production line, this vehicle found its way to Europe, where it rolled across the country in military service. Nearly 80 years later, Jeep is revisiting that history, debuting the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 1941 at the Geneva International Motor Show.
The 1941 is a veritable showcase of Mopar additions from the Jeep Performance lineup. The tricked out Jeep comes with a 100 percent street legal off-road oriented two-inch lift kit, as well as rock rails, a snorkel, and all weather mats. The livery, which features the stand out Hella Yella paint job, pays homage to the 1941 Willys Jeep, as do the wheel, gear knob, and tailgate table. In total, over 200 off-road accessories specialized to the Jeep Wrangler were included in the build. You’ll find treats like off-road lighting and mudguards as well as a black sun mesh bonnet.
It’s not just the history that makes Europe a good place to unveil a special edition Jeep, it’s also the Euro-spec Rubicon that makes it fitting. Unlike the US-spec, the Euro-spec comes with a 2.2L turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine. Off-road is definitely a possibility thanks to that engine’s 200 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. In the US, you’ll have to settle for the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine—not that you’ll be losing out on much with the 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque (there’s also a 3.6L V6 version in select markets).