JEEP CREW CHIEF 715

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GEAR -

We’ve writ­ten about this Jeep be­fore, sim­ply be­cause it’s prob­a­bly our favourite bakkie in the whole wide world. It is called the Crew Chief, and it is one very spec­tac­u­lar pick-up truck. It is based on the Kaiser M715 military ve­hi­cle of the 1960s, com­plete with army paint job, old-school grille and chunky tyres. Look closer, though, and you’ll no­tice some recog­nis­able com­po­nents. The doors, for in­stance, are straight off a Wran­gler Un­lim­ited. In­deed, the Crew Chief is largely just a Wran­gler with a mod­i­fied body. It has a stretched Un­lim­ited chas­sis, as well as a 3.6-litre V6 Pen­tas­tar en­gine, which is mated to a stan­dard five-speed auto gear­box. Sadly, the Crew Chief was just a con­cept cre­ated for Jeep’s an­nual Easter Sa­fari, but the com­pany has an­nounced that the next-gen Wran­gler will be avail­able in dou­ble-cab con­fig­u­ra­tion. If it’s one 10th as cool as the Crew Chief, we’ll be happy.

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