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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Too bad this Jeepster was never produced

~Should Be Made~ Speaking of Jeeps, as one of the legendary American brands (and We're sorry if have to discuss a little about this American automaker). As We all knew, the American brand's history cannot be separated from the Willys-Overland Motor Company, which was started when John North Willys acquired the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company in 1908.
The Jeep Jeepster is one of the most iconic concept nameplates within the brand built back in 1998 and should be put into production lines because they look so cool. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
And those fortunated brand started to find its fames in the 1930s, when the Uncle Sam began to involve in war in Europe and urgently needed a new military vehicle capable of the supporting role of motorcycles or other cars and other sidecar vehicles on the battle-fields. At the time, the US-government called on the US auto manufacturers to produce new military vehicles.
The Jeep Jeepster as the iconic off-road brand rolled its modern take on the legendary nameplate on to the stage of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to much appraise. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
In short at that time after going through a comprehensive selection process, the Willys-Overland came out as the winner and was awarded a contract in July 1941 to produce the legendary war vehicle, Willys MB Jeeps, and  its production ceased at the end of the war.

After the 2nd World War ended, Willys switched production to a civilian version, called the CJ-2A, actually was an stripped version of military MB. And in the 1953, the Kaiser Motors acquired Willys-Overland and changed the name to Willys Motor Company. And in the 1953, the Kaiser Motors acquired Willys-Overland and changed the name to Willys Motor Company.
The Jeep Jeepster is painted an intense red with contrasting deep blue fender flares and side panels, starts with the traditional Jeep grille. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
Once again, the company changed its name in 1963 to Kaiser-Jeep Corporation, and the use of the Willys name was discontinued in 1965. The company was sold to American Motors Corporation (AMC) in 1970. After the sale, AMC used engines it had developed for its other cars in the Jeep products to improve performance and standardize production and servicing.
The Jeep Jeepster originally developed under the 'Project Grizzly' codename to search Jeep's heritage, and inspired from the rare and now quite collectible 1950 Willys Convertible. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
Renault purchased a major stake in AMC in 1980 and took over operation of the company, and producing the CJ series until 1986. Chrysler acquired AMC in 1987 then replaced the CJ series with the Jeep Wrangler, which had little similarity exterior appearance in common with the previous CJ series. And FCA (since 2021, Stellantis) takes control all production of various vehicles under the Jeep's brand at the Toledo Complex today.

After going through a fairly long journey by presenting a variety of dashing vehicles. Not surprisingly, almost all vehicles that carry the Jeep's name plate are very close to the world's adventure and manhood. Like the automakers in general, which in their manufacturing activities have also made various kinds of concept vehicles.
The Jeep Jeepster is powered by the same 4.7-liter V8 from the not-quite-released Grand Cherokee of the era, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
Well, of the many concept vehicles that Jeep has ever made back in the 1990s, there are some that in our opinion should be put into production lines because they look so cool. The concept mentioned above is the Jeep Jeepster Concept, a crossover styled vehicle that combined the attributes of a sports car with an off-roader, the idea was a fairly radical back in the 1990s, but a wholly normal one now.
The Jeep Jeepster featured with an electronic four-wheel-independent, adjustable suspension raises or lowers the vehicle four inches and adjusts the attitude for a more aerodynamic on-road ride. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
This concept car was developed by the American automaker Jeep back in 1998, and compared to the Wrangler of the time, the Jeepster looked like it came from two decades in the future. And sure enough, even it still looks pretty modern now. The Jeepster was dominated by short overhangs, a long hood, flared fenders and a coupe-like roofline with a soft top that rolls all the way back. It even had an electronically adjustable suspension to maximize capability both on and off the road.
The Jeepster used the same 4.7-liter V8 from the not-quite-released Grand Cherokee of the era, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. I think something like the Jeepster could totally work in 2022 as a road-oriented counterpart to the Wrangler. It could be built off the next-gen Grand Cherokee's platform, and gave it a chance to be the next Stellantis's inline-six, and bam! You've got a Jeep "sports car."😍 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CNET | SUPERCARS.NET | CONCEPTCARZ | MOPARINSIDERS ]
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