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1969 Jeep XJ001 prototype

Not long before American Motors took ownership of Jeep, Kaiser Jeep Corporation turned out this XJ-001 prototype in an effort to conform. Though it was built on a CJ-5 platform it sat relatively low. I was unable to find what motor was in it but it did have a manual transmission.

1969 Jeep XJ001 prototype

Though, as a prototype, it was more than a concept, public reaction was reportedly unenthusiastic so the project didn’t move forward.

1969 Jeep XJ001 prototype

Rubbing salt on the wound, the XJ-001 was destroyed during transport for a show.