The other day we noted that the classic American SUV brand Jeep is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

The CJ, for “Civilian Jeep”, was the non-combat version of the original Willys military Jeep from World War II that evolved into the present-day Wrangler.

The first full production model, the Willys-Overland CJ-2A, appeared in 1945.

Steve McQueen had a customized CJ-5 with a souped-up 400 hp engine

The CJ-5 came along in 1954, an instant classic.

Steve McQueen had one that he modified heavily with a custom paint job and leather seats – and a souped-up 400 hp engine.

While the King of Cool’s was a one-off, Jeep produced several special editions of the CJ-5 in the ’60s and ’70s.

Here we have one such, the 1971 Renegade II, offered in a variety of colors to clash with your best girl’s dress.

She may get a little muddy riding up there….