Jeep has come a long way since the original WWII model. Despite the original vehicle regularly being referred to as "Willys," the design was actually made by the company Bantam. Even though Willys did have a bid to make a new military vehicle, Bantam won the contract. However, as Bantam was a small company, it was unable to produce the number of cars necessary to fill its contract, so Willys was given the go-ahead to produce Bantam’s Jeeps as well. It then turned out that Willys couldn’t produce enough cars either, so Ford was brought in to make up for the other two companies’ shortcomings. Yes, there are many original Jeeps that aren’t Willys. As if the brand’s history wasn’t confusing enough, Jeep only became a company of its own in the late ‘40s. Until then, civilian Jeeps were a Willys model.
However, today, Jeep is a worldwide brand, thanks in no small part to its World War II legacy. Today’s Wranglers still hold up much of the original Jeep’s styling, simplicity, and capabilities. However, the brand also offers the fastest SUV and a number of capable, cheap soft-roaders. Due to this brand’s immense popularity, many people have modified their own Jeeps to create amazing machines, either as an homage to the legendary brand or as their own unique creation. Here are 20 of those amazing Jeep creations.
20 AEV Brute Double Cab
It’s no secret that Jeep will be making a new Wrangler pickup before too long. For many, this is a dream come true, even if it took Jeep far too long to make it into a reality. There have been many businesses that have created custom pickup Wranglers for those who've wanted a pickup Wrangler since the ‘90s. American Expedition Vehicles is just such a company.
Offering off-road packages for many different SUVs and trucks, including the Wrangler, AEV gives the Jeep a lift, chunky tires, a bumper with integrated winch, and, of course, a large pickup bed.
Rather than give the pickup a standard lift, it has a ‘DualSport’ suspension setup, allowing the Wrangler to be lifted or lowered. Overall, it’s an amazing vehicle that'll probably still outperform the official pickup when Jeep finally makes it.
19 Davis Autosports Jeep Cherokee
Davis Autosports has created many modified Jeeps. This 2-door model is clearly built to tackle any type of terrain, as a Jeep should, as it features large, chunky tires, huge fender flares, and a winch mounted on its front bumper.
Additionally, this Jeep has been splashed with plenty of bed liner-like material along the base of the car, defending the lower parts of the car from getting scratched while driving through the rough stuff.
Not that many things will be able to touch the bottom of this car, as this Jeep is lifted beyond the standard Cherokee’s impressive ground clearance. But what really makes this Cherokee an amazing car is its styling. On top of the usual handsome Cherokee look, the changes aren’t overdone, like you see on many custom Jeeps, leaving plenty of visible Cherokee under the modern modifications.
18 ToXXic Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
During the mid-2000s, Jeep created the Grand Cherokee SRT 8 as a contender for the emerging performance SUV market. While it wasn’t the first hotrod Jeep, the SRT models have seen many upgrades over the standard car, and they become faster with every generation. Currently featuring a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, good for 475 horsepower, these stylish beasts are as fast as they look. Obviously, this hasn’t been enough for many owners, as some have decided to create unique-looking SUVs out of these giant muscle trucks. Many examples have been lowered (these Jeeps don’t go off-road anyway) and fitted with custom wheels. What makes this ‘ToXXic’ Grand Cherokee stand out more than other SRTs is its bright-green paint and lowered stance. Pair that with some tasteful decals and awesome wheels, and you have an eye-catching machine.
17 Bruiser Cummins Wrangler Pickup
As mentioned earlier, there are many people who aren’t willing to wait for a production Wrangler pickup. However, some want a Wrangler pickup that even stands out from the other custom Wranglers that might be on the road. This Bruiser-converted Wrangler is unlike any other, with its insane lift and a military-green color, this truck stands out and above everything else on the road. The baseball-glove interior pairs well with the paint, and it's easily visible through the tubular doors. Unlike the many other custom modern Wranglers, this particular example doesn’t go for a highly refined look but instead, for a somewhat rough exterior that looks tough and ready to go mudding. And to back up those awesome looks, the standard V6 motor has been replaced with a 3.9-liter Cummins turbo diesel that’s hooked up to an Allison automatic transmission.
16 Daystar Jeep Forward Control
There are many different Jeeps that have been released throughout the brand’s history. Despite this, many of the models look similar to each other. Jeeps either look like a Wrangler or they look like a boxy SUV. However, from 1956 to 1965, Jeep produced the Forward Control, or FC, which was a cab-over-engine pickup truck. Today, the unique truck is largely forgotten, as other classic Jeeps easily surpassed it in popularity. Daystar didn’t forget about the FC, however, and built one incredible Jeep from the platform. Its looks are a perfect blend of modern and classic.
Powered by a new 5.7-liter Hemi V8, this bright green Jeep has more than enough power to climb any hill.
And if power isn’t enough to get over the mountain, then this Jeep can be fitted with tank treads that make even the most difficult trail feel like a paved road.
15 Geiger Willys Jeep
Jeep has been offering a Willys Wheeler trim for the JK Wrangler for a few years now. This particular model features off-road equipment, such as beefier tires and a locking rear differential. Besides the improved off-road performance, the Willys Wheeler also has decals that pay homage to the original Willys MB Jeeps of the past, including Willys text and a military-style star on the hood. However, Geiger cars, a German car modification business, decided to go a few steps further than that. The Geiger Willys Jeep is a modified Wrangler that's been painted entirely like a World War II-era Willys MB Jeep. On top of its military green paint, it’s also covered with plenty of military text throughout the modern Jeep. Geiger sold only 10 examples of the car for just over $80k each. These unique Wranglers will undoubtedly be a future classic one day.
14 Jeep CJ-7 Black Edition
The Jeep Wrangler wasn’t where the famous brand made its start. After World War II, Willys created the CJ, standing for ‘Civilian Jeep,’ which was exactly what you think it is. With a 42-year production run, the Jeep CJ was the signature Jeep until it was replaced by the similar Wrangler. However, the popularity of its replacement has caused the CJ to be somewhat forgotten by younger Jeep and off-road enthusiasts. Black Edition created this impressive modernized Jeep CJ-7. With many modifications that add sexy black trim, this Jeep looks more like a newer Wrangler instead of a nearly 40-year-old model. On top of a lift combined with larger wheels and off-road tires, it's also powered by a 347-cubic inch Ford V8, which makes this car both powerful and capable.
13 Jeep Rod
Jeep rods are polarizing vehicles, to say the least. For those who don’t know, Jeep rods are slammed classic Jeep MB or CJ models that have little ground clearance, are converted to rear-wheel drive, and usually see an engine swap to give the Jeep a little more oomph. There are many who detest these cars, as they're the absolute antithesis of a Jeep since these cars have traded all off-road capabilities for style. However, some of the Jeep rods are so well done that they become a unique piece of art. This particular model features a realistic military paint job, an ammo crate placed on the rear, and huge tires mounted on beadlock rims that obviously won’t be doing this car much good. Even though this car is extremely pointless, it’s so well done that it certainly makes for an eye-catching ride.
12 Synergy Jeepster Commando
The Jeepster Commando was a smaller, seemingly more road-worthy Jeep model released in the mid-1960s. While it was supposedly intended to compete with the International Scout and the Ford Bronco, the Jeepster seems to have dropped much of the CJ’s off-road capabilities, as it had a considerably lower ride height. It was offered in various non-off-road oriented body styles as well, such as roadster and wagon options. The Synergy Jeepster Commando, however, has returned this Jeep’s off-road capabilities.
Instead of the standard Dauntless V6, the Synergy is powered by a small-block Chevy V8 and transmission.
All that power is sent through a lifted body that has all the off-road capability that these cars should’ve had from the factory. Completed with classic-looking wheels and a bright red paint job, this Jeep almost looks like a period product from the ‘60s.
11 Jeep Cherokee Line-X
The Jeep Cherokee is an amazing option for a budget off-roader. There are many examples available in the wild that can be had for cheap. There are thousands of such Jeeps becoming either budget builds or a high-end custom vehicle that looks unlike anything else. This RubiTrux Line-X Cherokee is an example that both looks show ready and rugged enough to handle anything off-road.
With 35-inch tires and a tall 6.5-inch lift, this Cherokee will be able to climb over anything it might find in the wild.
The round LED lights give this particular model a classic flavor that’s missing from cars equipped with a light bar. Combine those with the gigantic fend flares and the yellow paint, and it all makes this Cherokee look like an awesome life-size Tonka truck.
10 Slammed Jeep Dispatcher
Jeeps are known for many things. Their boxy styling, off-road capabilities, and huge fanbases are all things that we associate with Jeeps today. However, some may remember Jeeps from the past that were made to handle a fairly mundane task. The Jeep Dispatcher was a right-hand-drive, two-wheel-drive Jeep designed entirely for delivering mail. It was sold from the 1950s through the ‘80s. Besides lacking the CJ’s off-road capabilities, the Dispatcher also lacked the Jeep brand’s signature seven-slot grille. One owner of a Jeep Dispatcher turned it into a true showstopper. Powered by a 383 Chevy small block, this mail truck will deliver its packages on time. Of course, similar to the Jeep rod, this Dispatcher is slammed to the ground, but this Jeep doesn’t really lose any off-road capability, as it didn’t have any to start with, possibly making it more palatable to those who hate such vehicles.
9 Jeep Wrangler Quicksand
There are thousands of modified Jeeps out in the world, as many individuals want to create their own special off-roader. This has resulted in many unique and fascinating builds as you can see from this list. However, sometimes, Jeep wants in on the modified Jeep fun. Every year, Jeep releases a series of concepts that showcase either new designs, new Mopar parts, or just creative builds. They’ve built so many of these cars, but we’ll just focus on one. The Jeep Quicksand is a different take on the Jeep Rod concept. Instead of slamming the car to the ground, this Wrangler is lifted with a rake to give it extra hotrod flavor. Of course, the standard V6 wouldn’t cut it for such a car, so this model is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi, complete with velocity stacks and header cutouts for when you want more noise.
8 Roamr Rhino Chaser Jeep Wagoneer
The Jeep Wagoneer is a classic full-size SUV that offered a large V8 and a cavernous interior for those looking for a luxurious SUV from the ‘70s. Due to the popularity of the Wagoneer, it's become a modern classic, with clean, late-model examples commanding ridiculous prices. However, despite these facts, the Wagoneer is still a very capable SUV and was deserving of its Jeep badges. Roamr decided to make a vehicle out of a Wagoneer, dubbing it the Rhino Chaser.
Featuring a tan exterior and a lifted stance, this Wagoneer looks like it would fit right into the African Savanna.
The contrasting black trim matches well with the black wheels, making this Rhino’s old-fashioned nose look modern. With so much capability and style, this Wagoneer is an amazing vehicle.
7 Modified Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 8
Jeep’s off-road history has the entire brand’s lineup firmly placed in the SUV category until the end of time. However, that hasn’t stopped Jeep from producing some fun, track-ready vehicles from time to time.
After producing the fastest SUV in the ‘90s with the Grand Cherokee 5.9, Jeep followed it up in 2006 with the 420-horsepower Grand Cherokee SRT 8.
Like its predecessor, the SRT proved to be one of the fastest SUVs on the market. However, like every hot rod segment, there are people who needed to make their Jeep faster. The factory 6.1-liter Hemi on this example was swapped out for a 7.0-liter Hemi that’s fitted with a supercharger. As a result, this SRT Jeep can fly through the quarter mile in under 11 seconds—not bad for a 5,000-pound beast. And of course, it has dark styling that perfectly matches its sinister performance.
6 Starwood Motors Nighthawk Jeep Wrangler
Some Jeep builds are meant to be as capable as possible on a small budget. However, others build large Jeeps that have unique styling and are every bit as stylish as they are capable. Starwood Motors builds and sells many different custom Jeeps. Their Nighthawk Wrangler is a creative example that has many unique touches, even down to the paint job. There aren’t many matte-gunmetal-gray Jeeps out on the road. Paired with bronze wheels underneath the lifted body, this Jeep will attract a lot of attention. With its smaller details, such as the modified front bumper, larger fenders, and a slant-back roof, this Wrangler demonstrates that you can create an aggressive Wrangler without resorting to the terrible angry eyebrows. To top it all off, the interior was completely redone, with dark-brown leather and bronze accents that match the exterior.
5 Loco Hauk Steam-Powered Wrangler
Creating a six-wheel-drive Wrangler would be an achievement on its own, but making a six-wheel-drive Wrangler that’s also steam-powered is something else entirely.
To spin its many 41.5-inch tires, this Wrangler is propelled by a steam-powered V4 that produces around 140 horsepower and roughly 2,500 lb-ft of torque.
With a gigantic boiler on the back spewing black smoke from the top, it’s impossible to miss this bizarre Jeep. However, even if it wasn’t for the insane powertrain and six-wheel-drive capability, this car is still something special. Its body is covered in rivets and decals that immediately give it the look and feel of an old steam engine. And then there’s the interior, which just screams steampunk, with its huge crank window rollers and steel steering wheel. If there’s one Jeep that’s truly timeless, it’s the Loco Hauk.
4 Stormtrooper Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic off-roaders in the world, so it made sense to combine it with another American icon: Star Wars. Voltron motors started off with a base model Wrangler and made it unlike any other Jeep in the world. If it wasn’t for the usual Jeep shape, this car almost wouldn’t be recognizable as a Wrangler. The gigantic power bulge on the hood and angry eyebrows take away any of the original nice-guy Wrangler looks. It even does away with the signature seven-slot grille, instead favoring a more aggressive open grille. The two-tone white and blue colors give this car its Star Wars look. Combine that paint job with the matching snowflake wheels, and this is a staggering Jeep. However, the clean paint job and quilted leather interior mean that this Wrangler probably won’t be tackling any off-road trails anytime soon.
3 Davis Autosports TJ Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler hasn't gone through many changes since its inception in 1986, as there have only been four generations of this classic piece of Americana. However, many people consider the last ‘real’ Wrangler to be the 1996-2006 TJ model, as it was the last to feature AMC parts and to lack certain modern features. As a result, this model is popular as a cheap, beater Jeep, and it’s more common to find on the trails than the heavily modified SEMA-built JK Wranglers. Davis Autosports modified this Wrangler in a way that's unlike many other custom Jeeps. As a result, it made one of the best-looking modified TJ Wranglers. This one is unbelievably clean, with an eye-catching orange paint job but little else done to its looks. With the tall lift and the lightbar on the hood, this Wrangler shows that sometimes, less is more.
2 VWerks Jeep Wrangler
As previously mentioned, one of the biggest fan requests for the factory Wrangler is a pickup model. Some Jeep fans, however, also want more power than the factory six-cylinder can provide. For those who want both, VWerks created a Jeep just for them. This is a particularly unique Wrangler pickup, as it has a single-cab layout, while many of the truck Wranglers are based on the four-door Unlimited. Even the official Wrangler pickup is expected to only be offered with four doors. On top of the usual lift kit and the larger tires, it also has bigger, tougher front and rear bumpers and some cool bed rails to complete this pickup’s tough-guy looks. To power this beast, VWerks replaced the 3.6-liter V6 with a 465-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi, meaning that this truck will be able to out-accelerate almost anything on and off-road.
1 Jeep Cherokee XJR
Outside of the SRT offerings and a few of the trash DaimlerChrysler-era cars, Jeeps are meant to be off-roaders. Aside from the Jeep rods, the community that surrounds these cars makes modifications to further their off-road capabilities. However, a group of race enthusiasts built a custom Jeep Cherokee XJ for the Grassroots Motorsports $2,000 challenge.
The straight-six motor received a turbocharger, and the Jeep was lowered so it could go around corners.
Combine that with slicks, and this Jeep has enough grip to make it out-corner supercars and run 12's in the quarter mile. Truly, this is a Jeep to be reckoned with. But what really makes the Jeep come together visually is the classic AMC racing livery, which fits this car’s race-car setup perfectly. It's amazing to think that one of the most amazing Jeeps ever made wasn’t even built to go off-road.