Jeep Designer Off-roads Wagoneer from 2018 Easter Safari

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This minty fresh Jeep Wagoneer redo from the 2018 Jeep Easter Safari was the coolest thing we’ve seen in ages. 

Each year, Jeep celebrates the beginning of off-road season with the Easter Jeep Safari. And for the last several years, they’ve done it in style with a host of incredible custom rides and concepts. This year, that crop of modded Jeeps included five Wranglers, one Renegade, and this supremely awesome Wagoneer. Which just so happens to be our absolute favorite of the stellar lineup. Now, we can see it in action in the above video from the official Jeep YouTube page.

We weren’t the only ones who fell in love with this mint-covered retro fantasy. Which, according to Jeep designer Mark Allen, is the answer to the question “what’s the perfect vehicle to go to Yellowstone Park in the 1960s?” Obviously, they nailed it. Hilariously, however, the Jeep Wagoneer build didn’t start out as some gem from the brand’s personal collection. Like us, they had to “scour Craigslist,” where this found one that was “in good condition, but very worn and smelly.”

Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept

To bring this retro ride up to speed, Jeep kept the original frame but stiffened it up. The suspension was upgraded to a coilover setup with Dana 44 differentials at both ends. The brakes and old school wheels are bigger than stock, of course. And 33-inch tires give it the grip needed to fly around the sandy confines of Moab. Which it does quite nicely in this video.

Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip Concept

Obviously, the results of that labor paid off. Allen admits that the Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip build nabs “lots of stares” and that everybody “wants to buy it.” Count us among that crowd. The other question, of course, is will they actually build it? According to Allen, sadly, no. They just wanted to stir up some old memories. And obviously make all of us insanely jealous in the process.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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