To commemorate the Wrangler’s alleged 75th birthday—the Jeep Wrangler is a bit coy about its age—the automaker has created a WWII-themed Wrangler as a nod to the Willys MB. That MB got the nickname of Jeep on the battlefield. As they say, the rest is history. Well, somewhat obscured, history. On July 15, 1941, The US Government award the contract to build the Willys MB to Willys-Overland.
The MB was a “light reconnaissance vehicle” designed to replace the Ford Model-T and motorcycles the Army was using. While over 135 manufactures were invited to bid on the project, Willys-Overland, American Bantam Car Manufacturing Company and eventually Ford Motor Company submitted proposals. After testing, raising the bid requirements, and the second round of testing, the contract was awarded Willys.
The concept the automaker is building to commemorate the contract is called the Wrangler 75th Salute. This is a no-nonsense replicate of the modern era. There are no doors, B-pillars or roll bar. It looks like it is ready to roll onto the battlefield. Even the rear seats are gone.
The concept rolled down the Toledo, Ohio assembly plant where the Wrangler is built today. We have to salute the Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept. This is a job well done.