Jeep descends on downtown Toledo to celebrate its 75th anniversary

Jeep Wranglers dominated an hourlong-plus parade through downtown Toledo, Ohio on Aug. 13. Photo credit: LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

An estimated 30,000 or more Jeep enthusiasts jammed into downtown Toledo, Ohio, on Aug. 13 for a parade and Jeep-only show to mark the 75th anniversary of the hot-selling brand.

The event drew more than 1,000 Jeeps from as far away as Alabama, California and Canada and included Jeeps from every year of the brand’s existence.

Jeep’s military history was well represented with several World War II-era Willys MBs and a few Ford GPW models, along with a Kaiser Jeep M715 military pickup and even a pair of Mechanical Mules.

But Jeep’s continued civilian popularity dominated both the 75-minute parade and the street-side car show. Examples of nearly all vehicles in the brand’s historical portfolio were on hand in one form or another, occasionally covered with mud or modified into shapes that bore little resemblance to the original.

Here are just a few of the Jeeps displayed.

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