Going back the 1940s with the Jeep Wrangler

Going back the 1940s with the Jeep Wrangler

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Article courtesy of: Steve Jones Chrysler

Have you ever seen those old documentaries made during World War II? A lot of them have Jeeps in them. Those little four-wheelers were climbing hills, going through streams and carrying a bunch of guys over rugged terrain with a 50-caliber machine gun mounted in the rear area. That sounds just like what Jeeps do today, except for the 50-cal, of course. Apparently, there’s not a lot of difference in the great performance between the two Jeeps from distant eras and the 70-year gap only enhanced the pleasure of the overall ride quality.

Except for the wrangler and the classic Jeep grille, today’s Jeep’s appearance is about the only thing that has changed. The rough and ready attitude and superior off-road capabilities are still the same no matter how you look at it. The Jeep SUVs, the Cherokee, Compass and Patriot, fit in anywhere and are just as great for driving around town as they are on the back rural roads. They have the look and feel of classy American-style luxury vehicles, while the Wrangler has kept a lot of the rusticity and charm of the old war Jeep.

The Wrangler is comfortable, no doubt, but it is also at the ready to do battle against the forces of nature. This Jeep model has plenty of power with its V6 engine to literally go wherever you want. It’s also an eye catcher when you’re enjoying yourself while driving around town. A fun thing to do with the Wrangler is to drive without the doors on. They can be taken off within a few minutes with a small socket wrench and voilà! You’re back in the 1940s.

If you really want to be part of the great outdoors while you’re on the road, you can remove the Wrangler’s hardtop. You’ll have all the natural air conditioning you could ever want when you do this. In good weather, you might just want to keep it off and it will make the Wrangler seem like a completely different car to you. You’ll have the warm and enclosed Jeep in the winter and the convertible rugged sports utility vehicle in the summer. Jeep has made it a cinch to remove the hardtop too. It’s so easy that you’ll wonder why you never got one of these before and why other carmakers haven’t installed this terrific innovation.

The Wrangler isn’t a throwback to the legendary 1940s Jeep; it’s simply the natural evolution of that first four-wheeler that started all this fun.