Jeep’s 75th Anniversary Commemorative Wrangler

75th Anniversary Wrangler BannerSince 1941, the Jeep® name has symbolized a unique family of go-anywhere, do-anything vehicles – first developed for military use, and after 1945, continually adapted for a wide variety of civilian applications. The Jeep brand is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016, and to mark the occasion, a commemorative one-of-a-kind Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle is being created today as a tribute to the brand’s legendary history and military heritage.

“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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This Jeep Matters – President Reagan’s 1962 Willys CJ-6

This Car Matters reviews President Ronald Reagan’s 1962 Willys CJ-6.

From the YT blurb: “President Reagan used this Jeep around Rancho del Cielo (the Reagan Ranch) just north of Santa Barbara, CA. It was purchased in 1963 as a Christmas present from Nancy Reagan to her husband. This largely unrestored Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6 was the most used and beloved of several jeeps owned by the President.”

Smokey Bear’s Jeep CJ-5


ten four green and clearSmokey Bear (not Smokey the Bear) is easily one of the most recognizable American advertising mascots known. His rise to fame started with a 1944 advertising campaign featuring the bear wearing his now-familiar blue jeans, United States Forest Service belt and Forest Ranger hat dousing a campfire over the slogan “Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires.” By 1947 the Advertising Council had come up with the long-running “Remember… Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires” campaign that stuck around until April 2001, when the message was updated to the current “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

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Filson makes awesome more … awesome-y!

Filson Edition AEV Brute Double CabThe American Expedition Vehicles Brute Double Cab Pickup Truck is one of my all-time favorite off-road vehicles.  They don’t sell them anywhere near me (the closest authorized dealer is down in Oceanside), and they’re the most expensive Jeep I’ve ever lusted after.

The AEV Brute Double Cab is a customized 4-door JK Jeep Wrangler, that’s stretched, beefed up, and made spectacular by the Michigan-based company, American Expedition Vehicles with skid plates, available Warn winch packages, and more.  There are even more varying degrees of awesome available from the factory.  This particular vehicle offering is not just the upgraded JK, though.  Underneath that sheet metal beats 6.4 liters of American Hemi V8 can-do whup-ass.  This Jeep is the Captain America of Jeeps.  It is hoo-rah on wheels.

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