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Early Off-Roaders

Vintage SUVs Featuring 50 Years of the Ford Bronco and over 75 years of the Jeep

May 21 – October 15, 2016




Sport Utility Vehicles today are often more Luxury than Sport or Utility. Plush heated leather seats, automatic four-wheel-drive and power everything are the norm and often outsell the bread-and-butter sedans offered. Most never go off the pavement.


“It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and agile as a goat.” – War correspondent Ernie Pyle describing the Jeep.


Years ago, it was a completely different mindset. Our world famous Jeep and the British Land Rover were borne from necessity. A military needed a rugged, capable vehicle to get from Point A to Point B when no roads connected the two. Farmers, ranchers, hunters and guides were desperate for something to reach places not on the map. Just ask Marlin Perkins from “Wild Kingdom”! Off-road traction and keen mechanical survival skills were more important than doors, heaters, carpeting or other ‘creature comforts’.


The AACA salutes these icons and the vehicles begat from them. Ford GP-No.1, a prototype for a light, rugged four-wheel-drive vehicle for reconnaissance and other military use, was delivered to the Army for tests Nov. 23, 1940. Built by Ford, Willys and Bantam, this rugged vehicle became the Jeep we all know today. The first generation Ford Bronco, introduced in 1966, had a twelve-year run with a huge cult following and later became infamous as O.J. led the LA police on the world’s slowest chase. Diminutive offerings from Asia such as the Suzuki Samurai emerged as the icons grew in size. All told, these early simplistic vehicles changed the way the world traveled to the far reaches of the globe.


We’re looking for some great SUV’s to be a part of this exhibit, maybe you have one or know of someone who does.

Early Off-Roader Wish List


• Ford GPW (Museum owned)

• Early Jeeps/ Bantams

• Jeepster

• Early Land Rovers

• Suzuki Samurai/ Brute

• Isuzu VehiCross

• Ford Broncos ( all generations)

• Bronco II

• Lada Niva

• Mercedes-Benz Unimog

• Pinzgauer

• Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

• Lamborghini LM002

• Early Subaru wagon

• VW Thing


Contact us at 717-566-7100 or at info@AACAMuseum.org

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Seem like all automobiles prior to war the first were off-road capable mainly because there were few roads. Anything made since WWII is "modern" to me. ("Thing"-no, Kubelwagen - OK ) or hows about something both old and really off road like a DUKW.

Have I made it to "curmudgeon" yet ?

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