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1961 ‘Jeep’ Audiovisual Unit Demonstration Video

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Chris spotted this wonderful video showing the capabilities of ‘Jeep’ Audiovisual unit. There are lots of great details, including how to use the PTO to power the generator which operates the equipment. So cool! Thanks to Indiana University for preserving this unique film!

If for some reason the video doesn’t work correctly, go here: https://media.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/1r66j7359

 

8 Comments on “1961 ‘Jeep’ Audiovisual Unit Demonstration Video

  1. John

    Probably one of my favorite videos posted recently

    And I’m sure everyone can agree, what I wouldn’t give to have that Wagon! Love those exterior steps to get to the roof rack, the aux. gas tank, and the sliding hood prop. Good stuff!

  2. David Eilers Post author

    John, Agreed.

    However, these days I think I can pretty much do everything that wagon can do with my phone, a mini-projector, and a screen!

    – Dave

  3. Steak Body

    HAS ANYONE EVER SEEN ONE OF THESE UNITS ?? — I DIDNT THINK SO — THESE WERE CATALOG ITEMS THAT NEVER SOLD — I HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE — EVER — IN 55 YEARS OF JEEPING — NADA — ZILCH — ZERO

  4. Ted Jordan

    Yup I’m with John on this one , what I’d give to have that roof rack, and those steps are awesome as well. Cool Wagon for sure and video!

  5. Mike

    Any mention of how many of these specialty vehicles were actually sold? Kaiser must of had some sort of marketing deal with a Audio visual equipment manufacturer, any guesses as to who, Dumont?

  6. David Eilers Post author

    Mike … good question. Doing some research …. So, it seems probable that they sold some, as Voice of America owned and used them. Based on these serial numbers here https://www.kaiserwillys.com/willys_jeep_serial_numbers#10, in 1959 there’s a line item for a 6-226 4×4 AVA serial number 54068-09 serial numbers 10021-10060. 40 wagons were sold out of that category. In 1960, 51 were sold. In 1961 56 were sold. If in fact “AVA” was code for this vehicle, then 166 were likely sold.

  7. Mike

    Dave, It never ceases to amaze me how you always take the time and effort to answers, thank you. Above & beyond the call of duty!
    What I’ve always liked about Kaiser Willys was the fact, that they were always looking to expand their market share in so called “niche markets”. left no stone un-turned to increase sales, innovative thinking. In more ways than one, way ahead of their time.

  8. David Eilers Post author

    Thanks Mike, but I often learn from the questions asked, so I appreciate them!

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