The famous Jeep Gladiator pick-up is returning in an all-new 2020 edition. To celebrate, Jeep took a 1968 Kaiser Jeep M-715 military pickup truck and transformed it into the star of the 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari.
The Jeep M-715 Gladiator ‘Five-Quarter’ concept car is based on a 1968 Jeep M715 tactical vehicle and is one of six concepts specially made for Jeep’s annual Easter Safari in Moab, Utah. The car is fitted with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat “Hellcrate” Hemi V8 and is built to be a functional off-road vehicle.
The concept car also features a full carbon fiber front end, custom-fabricated aluminum bed, reinforced frame with a new heavy-duty link/coil suspension system, and a suite of LED lights to go along with HID headlamps. The past-meets-present 4×4 build is one-of-a-kind and will push the limits of off-road driving.
The original Kaiser Jeep M715
One of the first purpose-built tactical military vehicles to be derived from a production model, the original Kaiser Jeep M715 earned its “Five Quarter” tag in reference to its one-and-one-quarter-ton duty rating. With the Jeep Five-Quarter concept, Jeep has effectively reversed the evolutionary process and turned the military workhorse into a consumer-usable vehicle.
Specifications and features:
- 6.2L supercharged ‘Hellcrate’ HEMI V8 engine
- 707 HP
- Dynatrac Pro-rock 60 front axle and Dynatrac ProRock 80 rear axle
- Reinforced frame
- Heavy-duty link and coil-spring suspension
- 20-inch beadlock wheels with 40-inch tires
- The convertible soft top has been dropped 3.5 inches for a more aggressive look
- Full-length rock rails
- Modified Jeep Gladiator Rubicon steel bumpers front and back
- Jeep Wrangler seats without headrests
- Vintage 8-71 supercharger housing is used to encase the transmission and transfer-case shifters
Price of the 1968 M-715 Gladiator ‘Five-Quarter’ concept car is unknown.
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator starts at $33,545 USD.