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by David Zatz on

Jeeps date back to World War II, the result of an Army proposal for a rugged, lightweight, compact recon vehicle. The original American Bantam design was modified with the help of other companies and became, after the war, the basis for the civilian-oriented Willys-Overland CJ-2A.

Beginning early next year, the new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition will arrive in showrooms after a debut at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Based on the Wrangler Sport, the Willys Wheeler Edition has upgraded hardware, including a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok® limited-slip rear differential and 3.73 gears, BF Goodrich KM Mud Terrain LT255/75R17 tires, rock rails, and a Jeep Trail Rated Kit that includes a D-Ring, tow strap, and gloves.

Design cues include gloss black grille, wheels, and front and rear bumper appliques, a satin black “4 Wheel Drive” tailgate decal, and “Willys” hood decals. The Sunrider soft top and deep-tint sunscreen rear windows are standard, with optional premium Sunrider soft top and black-splatter Freedom Top.

Willys Wheeler Editions include the Connectivity Group with SiriusXM satellite radio, and Sport S-based models have the Power Convenience Group and Premium Tire Pressure Monitoring System as standard. Half-doors are optional.

Available in any Jeep Wrangler color, the Willys Wheeler Edition has a list price (MSRP) of $25,795 for two-door models and $29,595 for Unlimited (four-door) models.

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