2012 Jeep Wrangler: A Piece of Jeep's History
March 8, 2013
When I drive our 2012 Jeep Wrangler around town (and especially on trails) it gets a lot of attention. Jeep owners seem to be a particularly passionate group. Drivers in other Wranglers are constantly waving, giving the thumbs up, or taking a closer look at our modifications. Driving the Wrangler also makes me much more aware of other Jeeps and various off-road vehicles around me.
En route to a recent off-road trip I spotted a classic Jeep (or so I thought) and pulled over for further inspection.
This 1965 M151A1 Jeep was actually built by Ford. As we stopped to take a few pictures the owner came out to greet us and was nice enough to give us some of the history behind this particular era of military vehicle. Apparently this era of Jeep had some serious rollover problems so when they were done with military service, many were cut in half. This one survived its U.S.M.C. service in one piece. It still had the original axe and shovel, and started up on the first try.
You can see some of the same styling cues in our Wrangler today. The grill, the headlights and even the supports that hold up the soft top in the rear seem to be close relatives. There's a strong case to be made that some heritage remains here.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 27,800 miles