During the 49th annual Easter Jeep Safari back in 2015, the Jeep® brand showed off its tribute to legendary Jeep military service vehicles of the past – the Jeep Staff Car Concept. The open-air Wrangler Unlimited (JK) based concept vehicle highlighted rugged functionality with heritage design cues. The Staff Car Concept looked historic and yet authentic, despite being based on a modern platform.
The function over form of the original Jeep military service vehicles is evident in the Staff Car Concept. Utilizing basic steel wheels, minimalist fender flares, “hungry horse” stretched canvas roof, and bench seats all echo the original military Jeep vehicles.
The exterior featured a “Sandstorm” exterior paint scheme, that was carried throughout the vehicle including the wheels, frames, and even the axles. The Staff Car Concept had no B-pillar or doors. Jeep designers incorporated military-style round headlamps, Jeep J8 front and rear bumpers, fender-mounted blackout lamps with guards, and also a rear-mounted spare tire with vintage military gas can. The Staff Car sat on 16-inch steel wheels wrapped with 35-inch Firestone NDT military-spec tires.
Inside, a minimalist interior featured low-backed bench seats in the first and second row, an integrated roll cage, and a painted steel floor in place of carpet. A built-in cooler drew its inspriation from an old artillery box and could acommodate 85 cans of your favorite beverage.
Under the hood, the Staff Car Concept was powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Staff Car Concept also featured a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 2-inch lift kit with Fox shocks and front and rear Dana 44 axles from Mopar, specifically built for the Wrangler JK.
This wasn’t the only military-themed JK-based concept that the Jeep brand created. The iconic American off-road brand built the Wrangler 75th Salute Concept in 2016, celebrating the Jeep brand’s history and legendary military heritage.
2015 Jeep® Staff Car Concept Image Gallery: