The Jeep® brand loves to pay homage to Jeep off-road vehicles of the past with a “Resto-Mod” every year. We have seen vehicles like the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter Concept, the Jeep Grand One Concept, and the beloved Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept, just to name a few. But one of our favorite concepts was the Jeep “Resto-Mod” Jeepster Beach Concept in 2021.
Originally designed around the growing interest in leisure time use of 4×4 vehicles, the Jeepster Commando was the first compact four-wheel-drive (4×4) vehicle with an automatic transmission and, unlike the Jeep CJs of its day, it boasted modern amenities, such as doors, roll-up side glass, a heater, and roof, as standard equipment.
The Jeepster Beach Concept started as a 1968 Jeepster Commando (C-101) and was seamlessly blended with a 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Jeepster Commandos were made for fun in the sun, and this ultimate beach-themed cruiser continues that tradition by embodying a spirited, carefree attitude.
The body was modified and the exterior fuses original chrome trim with an updated, brightly colored two-tone paint scheme of Hazy IPA and Zinc Oxide. While the Jeepster Beach maintains the outward appearance of a vintage Jeepster, it commands peak performance both on- and off-road delivered by the modern-day Jeep Wrangler.
Under the hood, it uses a high-tech 2.0-liter GME-T4 four-cylinder engine with a custom, concept calibration that increases the engine output about 25% above the production version to 340 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The direct-injection engine uses a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger mounted directly to the cylinder head, along with a dedicated cooling circuit for the turbocharger, intake air, and throttle body for exceptional responsiveness, performance, and fuel efficiency. An 8-speed automatic transmission mated to a 4:1 transfer case delivers power to 35-inch tires.
Jeepster Beach’s custom interior features low-back bucket seats trimmed in red leather. The rear seat was replaced with a chrome, four-point safety cage, and the carpets were removed to make cleaning out sand a breeze.
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