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Unsual Prototype Photos on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster, Old Images

UPDATE: See Jim’s description in the comments about this very unusual prototype.

These are all original photographs purchased from the “HEAD PHOTOGRAPHER FOR TWIN COACH BUS COMPANY AND THE WILLYS JEEP FIRM IN TOLEDO OHIO ALL PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN BY HER WHILE WORKING FOR THESE COMPANIES”

1) From the front: View all the information on ebay

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2) From the side: View all the information on ebay

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3) Without hood or doors: View all the information on ebay

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4) From side with Fleetvans behind it: View all the information on ebay

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5) From the side again: View all the information on ebay

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6) From the other side: View all the information on ebay

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7) From the back: View all the information on ebay

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8) Tailgate open: View all the information on ebay

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9) Engine area: View all the information on ebay

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10) Engine area again:View all the information on ebay

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6 Comments on “Unsual Prototype Photos on eBay

  1. Jim Allen

    This is not a Commando prototype. I’ll tell you what it is at a later date but I have a booklet about an eighth-inch thick on this rig.

  2. mmdeilers Post author

    Thanks Jim. I meant to put a question mark on that. I look forward to the answer!

    – Dave

  3. Jim Allen

    These are prototypes that came out of a study that began shortly before or after the introduction of the Wagoneer and Gladiator trucks. Kaiser Jeep wanted to jump into the export markets and was considering a CKD (Complete Knock Down) concept were complete rolling chassis would be sent to satellite “mini-factories” in other countries. It was called the “Export Low Investment Program.” Kaiser Jeep designed simple bodies that could be produced locally with minimal tooling. In a product planing booklet, they proposed vehicles based on a J200 Gladiator chassis and on CJ-5 and CJ-6 chassis. Several visual concepts were proposed that look similar to these, the main difference being the front end. There are images of a running J200 prototype but only artist’s renderings of the CJ-5 version. These appear to be based on a CJ-6. The J200 prototype utilized the Gladiator grill. These pics were taken in whatever facility was being used to produce the Fleetvan, a number of which are in the background ins some of these shots. It’s likely the prototype work was being done in the same facility.

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