75 years ago last week, the U.S. Federal Government placed an order for 18,000 MB Willys ‘Jeeps’, marking the start of production of the iconic off-roader. The occasion wasn’t lost on Jeep, with the automaker marking the date with a special Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute concept vehicle.
The Wrangler 75th Salute is inspired heavily by the 1941 MB Willys, lacking a B-pillar and roof and featuring short-back seats, olive drab exterior paint and a manual transmission. That was really all Jeep had to do to make the Wrangler do its best impression of a Willys – a fact that speaks to the rugged simplicity of the current-generation Wrangler.
Employees at Jeep’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio had the honor of bolting the Wrangler 75th Salute together before Head of Jeep Design, Mark Allen, and Toledo Complex manager, Chuck Padden, drove it off the assembly line. See what Allen, Padden and the proud employees at Toledo had to say of the special occasion in the video above.