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Jeep J8 headed for Chile

by Bill Cawthon on

Jeep J8

The Jeep J8, the military version of the Jeep Wrangler, is on tour. Next stop, the FIDAE International Air & Space Show in Santiago, Chile where the Jeep will be displayed on Stand G4 from March 23-28. Then it’s off to Bucharest, Romania, for the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace show that runs from April 13-15, followed by the Special Operations Forces Symposium and Exhibition (SOFEX) in Amman, Jordan from May 10-13. The only American stop on the itinerary is the AUSA show to be held from Ocotber 25-27 in Washington, D.C.

While the J8 is offered in numerous countries around the world, the Egyptian-built 4×4 hasn’t been targeted for the U.S. market. As it claims to be subjected to tests three times as challenging as the Wrangler, it would seem to be a natural for those wondering what they will do now that Hummer is most likely going to be shut down. In addition, a true Jeep pickup could be a winner.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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