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Cherokee inspiration?

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In their latest issue, Collectible Automobile magazine, normally known for its exhaustive, well-illustrated profiles of classic cars and its balanced approach to brands, has exposed the design inspiration for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee: the 1955 La Salle II roadster.

While La Salle was a General Motors brand, many of the design elements of the Jeep Cherokee appear on this beautifully restored roadster, as long as one flips it upside-down. Then the running lights appear above the headlights, the Jeep slots in the grille extend to the hood (they are chrome-ringed in both cases), and the headlights have brows just like those of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The “character line” of the La Salle is done in chrome and does not reach all the way across, but both have similar character lines between the headlights and crossing mid-grille. The lack of three rows of lights on LaSalle can be attributed to its lack of fog lights, a rarity in the 1950s.

If true, this link might indicate a future Cherokee roadster, perhaps to be named Jeepster, which would supplement the supply-constrained Wrangler as a “go-anywhere” convertible.

Note: This post is not to be taken seriously, but Collectible Automobile is. A high quality magazine which features fine photography and well-researched articles, Collectible Automobile has fairly pricey subscription rates, but usually has at least one Mopar vehicle per issue — the June 2013 issue featuring Chrysler’s quest for luxury in Australia, written by regional expert Gavin Farmer, who had access to many Chrysler Australia executives; it also had a spread on the first of the “second generation” Road Runners.

Johnson Clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Allen Johnson has secured his place in the Pro Stock Countdown to the Championship, the six-event series the determines the World Championships of drag racing. Johnson joins Erica Enders-Stevens, who clinched her spot last weekend. Participation is limited to the top ten drivers in each pro class. There were three different top qualifiers in Pro Stock: Johnson had the No....

Steckly scores in National 250

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Three-time series champion Scott Steckly earned his first win of the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season Saturday in the National 250 at the Autodrome St. Eustache in St. Eustache, Quebec. Starting from the No. 2 spot, Steckly dominated the race in the No. 22 Canadian Tire/Sylvania Dodge, leading for 202 of the 250 laps and beating Alex Guenette and the No....

Vipers victorious at the Brickyard

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Jonathan Bomarito and Kumo Wittmer participated in the traditional kissing of the bricks after winning the GT Le Mans class in Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is the first Viper win of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season and it’s a major win for SRT Motorsports....

Friday racing results

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Austin Wayne Self, driving the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge, finished second in the Scott Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care that ran late Friday at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. He crossed the finish line 5.378 seconds after Brandon Jones in the No....

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