By SEMA Editors
’60 Surrey DJ-3A
’71 Hurst Jeepster Commando
Omix-ADA will feature seven unique Jeeps from its corporate collection at its Off-Road Success Center during the 2014 SEMA Show. The company will display nine new and historic vehicles covering almost 50 years of Jeep history, including:
- ’48 CJ-2A – One of the first examples of post-war civilian-era Jeeps, the CJ-2A was marketed as "The All-Around Farm Work-Horse." This well-restored gray example features a 60hp engine and three-speed transmission.
- ’60 Surrey DJ-3A – A unique version of the DJ Jeep, the Surrey features a turquoise paint scheme and striped canvas top with fringe. Surreys were primarily marketed toward luxury hotels and resorts for use as courtesy vehicles.
- ’64 CJ-3B – This nicely restored example originally did duty as a support vehicle for a power utility company in Alabama.
- ’67 CJ-6 – This CJ-6 is an all-original, 14,000-mile, unrestored example of what was effectively a long-wheelbase version of the CJ-5. Featuring the original paint, top and tires, this Jeep was previously owned by a funeral home director just outside of Detroit, who used the vehicle as a volunteer ambulance during foul weather, when ordinary vehicles couldn’t pass.
- ’71 Hurst Jeepster Commando – One of 100 original Hurst-modified Jeepsters, this restored example features a red, white and blue paint scheme and a 160hp V6 engine.
- ’73 CJ-5 “Super Jeep” – Only produced in ’73, the Super Jeep was the company’s answer to a wheel shortage that kept it from producing the CJ-5 Renegade. This is one of only a few hundred to be produced. Featuring Jeep’s stock wheels painted white, the Super Jeep also distinguished itself with unique interior and exterior colors, including a wild decal package on the hood and fenders. The CJ-5 has the unique distinction of being the longest continually produced U.S. vehicle. More than 600,000 CJ-5s were produced between 1955 and 1983.
- ’82 CJ-7 – Prior to being owned by Omix-ADA, this CJ-7 was used as a brushfire truck with the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District in Texas. It can go off paved roads to battle fire where larger, heavier fire trucks could not.
In addition to the seven historic Jeeps, Omix-ADA will also bring two brand-new, fully customized JK Wranglers, one as part of the company’s giveaway contest for 2014 SEMA Show attendees, and the other as part of a charitable donation benefitting SEMA Cares.
The Off-Road Success Center, now in its third year at the SEMA Show, provides a forum where business owners and industry enthusiasts within the Jeep and off-road market can exchange ideas, learn new concepts and network with other industry professionals.