Jeep DJ-5 Postal Delivery (AM General variant,1971-83)
Unique to the AMC-built AM General versions of the DJ, this model features a 5 slot grille, sliding doors, right hand drive and turn signals on the fenders rather than integrated into the fascia. This one still sports the USPS livery.
While I’d love to drive one, it is sad to note that they only came in RWD. A 4WD off road postal jeep would be pretty amazing.
Seen in the NE Portland neighborhood of St. John’s
Willys Jeep Truck (1947-65, this is a ‘53-65)
I’ve seen the station wagon version of this Jeep previously, but this is the first time I have come across the pickup truck. The flareside bed and narrow, upright fascia never changed much making year identification difficult.
Jeep changed hands many times before it ended up under Chrysler’s ownership. This truck was built during the Kaiser Jeep years at the Willys Toledo, Ohio assembly, where many Jeeps are still made.
Though it’s been sitting for some time, it still looks tough as nails with white steel wheels and chunky tread tires.
Seen in NE Portland
AMC Jeep Wagoneer (1970-87, this is a ‘75)
Kaiser-Jeep was purchased by AMC in 1970, but by this time the legacy of the Wagoneer was already firmly established. Introduced in 1963, it was the original luxury SUV; comfortable, prestigious, and capable of doing almost anything a truck could do.
This one is one of my favorite in Portland. The worn faux wood against that great shade AMC fittingly named “Green Apple” is just perfect.
Seen in NE Portland
This is a Willy’s Jeep Station Wagon (produced from 1946-65, though not much changed on the outside over the years, it’s definitely on the later end of the spectrum).
This is another great Brooks Stevens design and the precursor to the Wagoneer, which he was also responsible for. The body side is especially nice with its crisp stamped lines as well as those period narrow width steel wheels.
Seen in NW Portland
Today’s post is courtesy of my friend Shahin, who runs the fantastic Paykan Hunter blog. It’s definitely worth your time to go check it out, Anglo-Iranian goodness abounds:
He’s been on a roadtrip from Detroit to all destinations West and shared this great Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer (1963-65) he spotted in Washington State. Another beautiful Brooks Stevens classic left to the elements.
Seen in SW Washington.
Wait, so that wood isn’t real?
The venerable Jeep Grand Wagoneer (1970-87 in this variation). The original luxury SUV.
Seen in disrepair in NE Portland
This is a 1971-72 Jeep Commando, a sort of missing link between the fun and friendly “Jeepsters” of the past and the more modern sophisticated models that followed. Gone is the 7 slot grille we associate with the Wrangler, as well as the single round headlamps. To me the front end design is more Bronco than anything else, but still looks great. Flatteringly enough-this is also the first car I have posted on here that my Wife actually wanted to drive….so, well done, Jeep.
1970-73 AMC Jeep Wagoneer, the last one before being replaced by the Cherokee nameplate. This truck has a tasteful lift, and one of the coolest front ends in Jeep history, though the Cherokee did manage to improve on the sidemarkers, which look a lot more ’60s then they ought to.
Seen outside of Banks, OR
Vintage AM General Postal Jeep in SE Portland.