AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – Free admission, an enthusiast program and a specially-themed cruise night are among the highlights of 70 Years of Jeep Week at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, July 12 to 17.

The week-long celebration coincides with the Jeep brand’s July 15 anniversary observance, the date the U.S. Army signed a contract with Willys-Overland to become the lead producer of the military reconnaissance vehicle.

The 70 Years of Jeep ongoing exhibit feature an array of eight production and concept vehicles that trace Jeep’s evolutionary rise from military reconnaissance use to its legendary popularity on the civilian front. The Jeep mix that is scheduled to remain on display through the exhibition’s close on Dec. 30 includes:

  • 1941 Willys MA
  • 1943 Jeep MB
  • 1945 Jeep CJ-2A
  • 1949 Willys Wagon
  • 1950 Jeepster
  • 1973 Jeep CJ-5
  • 1985 Jeep CJ-5
  • 1998 Jeepster Concept
  • 2001 Willys II Concept

A display of the Spicer axles and propshafts instrumental in Jeep production enhances the historical images, memorabilia and extensive narrative that rounds out the exhibition.

The 70 Years of Jeep Cruise Night takes place on Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Enthusiasts with collector cars of all makes and models are invited to join the museum’s third cruising event of the summer season. “Best of” trophies will be awarded at 7 pm.

During the 70 Years of Jeep Heritage Lecture, Larry Johnson, avid Jeep history buff and retired Mopar Accessories Product Engineer, will offer a look back at the iconic vehicle’s rise from military to civilian use. Johnson’s presentation will emphasize the vehicle’s earliest years (1940 – 1955), beginning with Bantam and detailing Jeep’s progression through World War II. The discussion takes place Saturday, July 16 from 9:30 am to noon. Admission is $15 at the door.

Guests of all ages visiting the Museum throughout the weekend are invited to enjoy self-guided tours of the entire three floors throughout the weekend at no charge. Weekend hours are 10 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 pm Sunday.

Free weekend admission lasts from July 15 to 17. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (62 and older) and $4 for children ages six to 12. Children five and under are free. Click here to download a two-for-one admission coupon.

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