This Retro-Futuristic Jeep Is What Dreams Are Made Of

It commemorates 50 years of the iconic brand.
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Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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.

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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.

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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.

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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!