AUBURN HILLS, Mich.– An original 1941 Willys MA is the focal point of an anniversary exhibition at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Mich., that celebrates one of the automotive industry’s most iconic vehicles.  70 Years of Jeep® runs April 19 – Dec. 30, 2011.

Featuring a changing array of eight production and concept vehicles, 70 Years of Jeep traces the vehicle’s evolutionary rise from military reconnaissance use to the transportation of choice in navigating all manner of terrain for millions of adventure-seekers.  The special exhibit also features historical images, memorabilia and extensive narrative that chronicles Jeep’s embodiment of freedom and pride for seven decades.

The Museum is showcasing Willys MA78621, one of approximately 45 known 1941 models in the world, an estimated 20 of which are restored.  Of the 20 restored vehicles, eight are in the U.S.  Willys MA78621 is on loan from the private collection of George and Bernadette Hollins of Palos Park, Ill. who have traced the vehicle’s origins back to July 5, 1941, the day it was delivered to the U.S. Army from the Willys-Overland plant in Toledo, OH.  It is believed to be one of four MA shipped to the 15th Infantry for testing in Fort Lewis, Wash.

San Luis Obispo, CA – Synergy Suspension introduces the Jeep JK Heavy Duty Front Ball Joint Set, designed to replace the factory ball joint that is prone to premature wear on lifted 2007-Current Jeep Wrangler JKs with large off-road tires. Engineered and manufactured to outperform the factory ball joint assembly, a fully greasable sintered metal-on-metal bushing design promotes high wear resistance by eliminating problematic plastic liners found in OEM ball joints. Each ball joint boot is made from tear/wear resistant polyurethane and includes all necessary hardware for installation. Synergy Suspension brings a complete set of four to market for only $250 MSRP.