We've spent most of today talking about Jeep Wranglers. Particularly the new one, the fully-redesigned 2018 JL-generation model that just debuted at the LA International Auto Show. Of course, this means we've also been talking about Jeep design, both current and past.
You can deduce most of the history of Jeep design by looking at the various generations of CJ and Wrangler. Charitably, not a lot has happened—every open-topped Jeep has had a tapered hood, separate front fenders, pop-off doors and a fold-down windshield. Like the Porsche 911, the Wrangler's design has evolved, but it's never undergone a massive change.
But in an alternate universe, it very much could have.
Clap your eyes on a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport that's been fitted with a "Landrunner" body kit. Designed and manufactured in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Landrunner kit took advantage of the Hummer mania that gripped our nation in those days.
This kit slapped huge, boxy fender flares onto the rather narrow body of a stock TJ-generation Wrangler (1997-2006), providing room for a much wider wheel and tire package. The styling, as you've no doubt deduced, was meant to mimic a Hummer H1.
That's not accidental: The original Humvee was commissioned by the US military as a replacement for the long-serving Jeep. The two vehicles had round headlights and vertical-slat grilles; they even used the same universal-fit taillights.
So the Landrunner wasn't really so much of a stretch—unless you count the way it stretched the Wrangler's lateral dimensions. It replaced the Jeep's traditional hood and grille with a flip-forward clamshell unit and tacked on boxy rear flares that wouldn't look out of place on a 1980s rally car.
You don't see too many Landrunner-equipped Wranglers around today. The kit was rare when new; today, the styling of the TJ-generation Jeep Wrangler is beloved.
But it's not impossible to find one of these half-Jeep, half-Hummer hodgepodges every now and again. This example comes from Indianapolis and . For a clean, seemingly rust-free and well-kept stick-shift Wrangler, that's somewhat steep money. But if you want a little Hummer in your garage, you must buy it.