Jeep Builds WWII Salute Concept Wrangler to Celebrate 75th Anniversary
Commemorative Wrangler is a tribute to Jeep history
2016 marks 75 years of Jeep production as we know it, and in honor of that and its storied military history, Jeep built a commemorative concept Wrangler on the assembly line at it’s oldest factory in Toledo, Ohio. Based off a Wrangler Sport model, the Salute concept pays homage to the years of military service with the capability and performance of the 2016 Wrangler.
Built on the 75th anniversary the day Willys-Overland Motor Co. was awarded the U.S. Government Contract to build the Willys MB (July15, 1941), the Salute Wrangler concept is a perfect modern-day replica of the original Willys. With a small two-door JK body, absence of B-pillars, a top, and painted the classic olive green, the Salute blends the original Willys design with the modern Wrangler perfectly. With a 3.6L Pentastar V-6 and six-speed manual transmission, the salute Wrangler packs quite a bit more power than the first MB built for service.
Sixteen-inch steel wheels, painted the same olive drab that covers the body, are wrapped with 32-inch period-correct non-directional tires, giving the Salute a perfect set of vintage shoes. Basic steel front and rear bumpers with tow hooks, a rear-mounted spare, wood hood blocks, and side mirrors complete the classic exterior MB styling cues on the Salute concept. The interior is as close to original Willys as a 2016 Wrangler could get, with low-back canvas seats and no bells-and-whistles, and an empty rear cargo area, the Salute concept was built to be a simple workhorse just like the original 75 years ago.
With a legendary military and civilian past, the Jeep has been a part of millions of American’s lives. Whether through military service, hard-working 4x4 vehicles, daily drivers, or off-road tackling machines, the Jeep has become an American icon and the Salute concept embodies the spirit of the Jeep perfectly.
Unfortunately for us, the Salute is a one-of-a-kind concept and won’t be for sale, but you can chose from a pretty badass 75th anniversary lineup of Jeeps for 2016, you can even get them with that awesome olive drab paint scheme.