Jeep Staff Car
Knowing how the Staff Car began its life cycle makes the final product even more shocking, as this concept vehicle looked entirely different when Allen and his crew first began working on it.
“The vehicle that we started with was a beautiful 10th Anniversary Rubicon,” Allen said. “It was black, had a hard top, red leather seats, and of course we destroyed all of that.”
So what was the end goal for this once lavish Wrangler?
“The idea behind the Staff Car was back to our roots,” Allen said. “How legit can we take a 2014 Wrangler and make it look like an authentic military vehicle right out of the ‘40s?”
The team went to work trying to tackle the challenge set forth, and the first step was to give the Wrangler an open-air design with no B-pillar and no doors. The military theme is then carried out with a lowered canvas softtop, 16-inch steel wheels with 35-inch Firestone NDT military tires, minimalist front and rear fenders, and low-back bench seats. Don’t forget the Sandstone paintjob that’s featured throughout the entire vehicle and on every part. So what was the paintjob’s inspiration? A cardboard box.
Although it has a vintage appearance, the Staff Car is powered by the JK’s current powerplant in the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. For added clearance, it features a JPP 2-inch lift with Fox shocks and rides on Dana 44 axles front and rear. The Staff Car features a manual transmission as well, and its shift lever knob is, of course, a faux grenade. This vehicle obviously isn’t showcasing Jeep’s plans for the Wrangler in the future, but it may best exemplify that the Jeep and Mopar teams know how to have a little fun.
“I think it’s my favorite vehicle out here because it’s whimsical but it’s also a nice nod to our past, our beginnings, when the horse was replaced with a Willys flat fender,” Allen said.