M-715 Five Quarter Concept is a 700HP Convertible Beast
Slideshow: The Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter is a Hellcat-powered pickup that might just be the cream of the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari crop.
Without question, one of the most hotly anticipated annual events for Jeep fans is the Easter Jeep Safari. Not only because of the awesome action they can take place in out in the desert, but also the myriad number of killer concepts Jeep brings along each year. And while it's always hard to choose a favorite, the Jeep M-715 Five-Quarter is certainly a top contender for 2019.
The Jeep team purchased this particular 1968 M-715 off of Craigslist with an eye toward building a modern-day version of one of the coolest trucks they ever built.
Brick and a Barn
Curiously, their first task was to put this old truck in the wind tunnel, for reasons unknown. They didn't share any drag coefficient numbers from that exercise, but they did say that it "falls directly between that of a brick and a barn."
But who cares about aero when you've got something that looks this insanely cool? The finished product certainly resembles the original, but there aren't many original parts left here. Basically just parts of the frame and the doors, windshield, and bits of the cab.
Pretty much everything else is all-new. That includes carbon fiber front fenders and hood, 20-inch Beadlock wheels wrapped in massive 40-inch rubber, and a modified Rubicon front bumper.
A combination of HID/LED lighting is certainly an upgrade on the original stuff, as is the custom six-foot bed. Much of the new bed was fashioned from aluminum but does somewhat resemble the original.
New and Old
The same cannot be said for what lies under the hood. And that's a fire-breathing, supercharged 6.2-liter "Hellcrate" V8 producing well over 700 horsepower. Interestingly, the modern mill is mated to an old school Chrysler 727 3-speed and a 241OR transfer case from a new Rubicon.
Rough and Tumble
The interior of the M-715 is a thing of beauty, with a mix of colors and rough and tumble features like a bedlined floor. But the coolest thing about the inside has to be that supercharger doubling as a center console and housing the shifters for the transmission and transfer case.
Much of the bed is cut out to make it easily visible, and that's a good thing considering how much effort went into making it look cool. There are plenty of nifty features here, from the old Gladiator script to the wood and machined aluminum bed floor.
Jeep's Easter Safari concepts never fail to capture our imaginations or make us drool uncontrollably. Sadly, they're almost always a tease, as nothing like this will ever be put into mass production. But at least we can dream, no?
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