"Open Top"

Renegade Jeep

447

Open Top

Renegade Jeep

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It must have been about this time - mid 80s - that I got to drive one of these. It was in the early days of BBC's Top Gear and one of the presenters, Steve Berry, lived in - oddly enough, Bury in Lancashire. His wife, whose name I can't recall worked in Dorothy Perkins (women's fashion store) in the town and at the time I was her boss, the Area Manager. She was helping out with a store opening in a nearby town and turned up in a Jeep like this, lent to her husband as a motoring journalist, and she let me have a go in it.

They are very small and very scary. You seem to sit between the rear wheels with an incredibly long steering column. The chassis owes a lot to the wartime Jeep, a set-up I am familiar with as Land Rover used it right up until the Defender came out and even then only modified it. With an underpowered four cylinder motor like my Series 2 Land Rover has it works brilliantly. Put a 4 litre straight six in there and keep the leaf springs and 1940s brakes and steering and you have an entertaining ride to say the least. My view is they are unsafe. I had an old shape Cherokee once for a week while my Discovery was being converted to LPG and it was the same, same technology underneath no doubt, but they are all stupidly fast and very hard to control. There is probably some sort of Darwinism going on - you learn very quickly how to drive them, or you die.

This is a re-hash of the CJ5 as released many times over the years. This time as an option of closed top or open top. 447 is open top, 448 is closed top. It was released in June 1983, the last month of operation for Mettoy Corgi.

 
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