This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Willys MB; the iconic U.S.-made utility 4×4 that graced the battlefields of every theatre of World War II as the Allies’ chosen chariot of war. You may know it better by its other name – the ‘Jeep’. While Jeep has come a long way from the mires of war-torn Europe, having established itself as the go-to car manufacturer for the intrepid civilian, it is celebrating its military origins with the commemorative Wrangler 75th Salute – a tribute to the original 1941 Willys MB.
Paying homage to the original, Jeep’s concept Wrangler sheds its B-pillars, roof, doors and roll bars, and is fitted with 16-inch steel wheels with 32-inch military non-directional tyres, hood latches, steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks, a rear-mounted spare tyre and low back canvas seats. The hood is hiding an upgraded engine, however – a 3.6L Penstar V6 connected to a six-speed manual transmission. Finished in classic olive-drab and proudly marked with the Allies’ White Star, the Wrangler 75th Salute looks primed for reconnaissance missions, laying wire, transporting injured soldiers and your daily commute (pro tip: Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ makes great listening in a traffic jam).
Unfortunately, this striking concept vehicle may never see the road, but you can still relish the WWII nostalgia – with the added safety and comfort – of Jeep’s current 75th Anniversary range.