Stunning Jeep CJ66 Concept At The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari: Photos, Exclusive Video, OpinionsPosted in Moab Experience: 2017 on April 12, 2017
The Jeep CJ66 was one of seven concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. It was constructed using a Wrangler TJ frame, 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body, some Wrangler JK elements, and a Mopar 345 Crate Hemi Engine Kit-enabled 5.7L Hemi engine. In addition, it has a pair of Mopar Dana 44 Crate axles, Jeep Performance Parts beadlock wheels, six-speed manual transmission, and lots more.
Here you can see a collection of detailed photos, exclusive video, and our opinions on the CJ66. Make sure to check out the other six concepts that Jeep and Mopar brought to Moab here at fourwheeler.com!
Ken Brubaker, editor, Four Wheeler: “I first saw the CJ66 at the 2016 SEMA show and it was bathed in fancy lighting. It looked fantastic. It looked just as good sitting on dirt bathed in sun in the Utah backcountry. I have a thing for modernized classics and CJ66 is a fine example of a vintage CJ with contemporary equipment.”
Jake Headlee, contributor, The Enthusiast Network: “Three generations of Jeep, bundled into an extremely well balanced rig. It may look pretty but it is definitely a driver’s Jeep, not a trailer queen. One of the best concepts in a long time.”
Sean Holman, content director of Truck & Off-road Group, The Enthusiast Network: “A melding of old and new. With three generations that are mashed up, the final product ends up being a cool restomod Jeep that features the best of old and new. And hey, it works pretty good on the trail as well.”
Rick Pewe, editor, Jp: “How can one not love the minimalist nature of an old CJ-6 packed with modern power? It rides and drives like a dream, looks good, handles well, and has that certain flair that most other vehicles lack. You could take this wheeling, fishing, to the mall, or even the opera where it would turn heads and earn respect.”
Fred Williams, editor-at-large, 4-Wheel & Off-Road: “The CJ66 is the epitome of a great built restomod Jeep. The new Hemi crate engine starts if you merely breathe on the key, it’s so nice. The custom round inclusive gauge in the dash is reminiscent of the early CJ-6, but modern and works better. The Rusty Orange metallic paint is perfect for Moab backgrounds and the TJ suspension works as it was designed, and much smoother than a factory ’66 CJ-6. I’m not thrilled about the seats. They are just too modern. But overall, a nicely built and solid CJ with no obvious rattles.”