In honor of its 50th birthday, Jeep dusted off a 1966 Jeep CJ6 Tuxedo Park body and bolted it to a 1997-2006 Wrangler TJ chassis, then sprinkled in a blend of current Wrangler JK bits to produce this eye-catching Copper Canyon orange concept vehicle for this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
Tuxedo Park was a luxury trim model that added features like chrome trim to the workaday Army vehicle back in the days when the notion of a luxury Jeep was an oxymoron.
Now, this resurrected CJ66 concept features a two-inch suspension lift to clear the 35-inch B.F. Goodrich all-terrain tires mounted to 17-inch Jeep Performance Parts beadlock wheels. Those, in turn are bolted to sturdy Dana 44 axles for maximum durability.
The bumpers, skid plates and rock rails are adapted from parts for the current JK Wrangler. A compressed air system lets drivers raise and lower the CJ66's tire pressure as conditions require.
The concept enjoys more rakish lines thanks to a two-inch chop to the original windshield, and occupants ride in Dodge Viper seats mounted on custom riser pedestals. We should all enjoy such a renaissance for our 50th birthdays!