Restomods remain highly popular nowadays, and it appears that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. Recently, Jeep tuning company Vigilante 4×4 has introduced a fresh addition to the restomod category: a completely revived and updated classic Jeep Gladiator. The result is a stunning vehicle with impressive performance.
The car pictured here is a 1966 Gladiator with two doors, finished in Empire Blue on the exterior, and boasting a cream-white interior adorned with a combination of tan leather and Alcantara. The most notable feature is that the classic design, both inside and out, has been preserved in its original form, complete with all the original Jeep logos, emblems, and badging, which now carry new meanings while retaining their vintage style.
Although there are many intriguing features to the Vigilante 4×4, the most captivating aspect lies beneath its hood. The vehicle presents a variety of powertrain options, with the most powerful one boasting a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi engine that delivers a remarkable 707 hp.
For those who prefer a less intimidating option, there’s also a 6.4-liter SRT-8 Hemi engine that produces 485 hp. Both powertrains transfer their forces to all four wheels through either a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Although the company hasn’t released any performance figures for the revamped Gladiator, they have enhanced its handling and overall driveability by installing a new four-link modern suspension with Eibach coil springs and Fox 2.0 dampers. Furthermore, the vehicle is now equipped with six-piston Baer calipers that provide superior stopping power, and its 17-inch wheels conceal them from view.
To ensure proper fitment onto Vigilante 4×4’s new platform, the first step in constructing the 1966 Gladiator restomod was to perform a thorough 3D scan of the existing car’s body. After this was completed, the entire body was disassembled, and each component underwent meticulous sandblasting and preparation for restoration.
According to the tuning firm, the base price for the new 1966 Gladiator restomod is $295,000. However, the final cost will ultimately depend on the specific requirements of the customer and may rise considerably from the starting point.