Updated: Nov 28, 2020
The Kaiser-Willys Jeep Wide-Trac concept was built to be an affordable, easy to assemble all-terrain truck that was inexpensive for third-world countries. It may have been under consideration by the United States Army, although that’s based on hearsay. It has an all-aluminum body and what appears to be an angle-iron-built front and rear, skid-bumper.
Very little is known about this truck, a lot of the material written about it is based on speculation or partial facts. I know one thing, the design is outstanding. It was built in 1960.
This is another bizarre component, a full camper that looks like it was tailor-made for the Kaiser-Willys Jeep Wide-Trac to use. It looks a bit tippy, but it’s very sharp looking. I believe it’s a Sport King camper. Sport King Coaches is a (now) defunct camper builder that was based in Torrance, CA, and Nampa, ID.
Some say the Kaiser-Willys Jeep Wide-Trac was based on the same platform as the Jeep FC-150, which was based on the CJ-5. One Jeep “expert,” says it was built on the Commando platform like some overseas Jeep FCs. Others say it may have been based on the Willys XM443 platform, a platform that underpinned other experimental vehicles.
It may have used the Super Hurricane 6-cylinder gas engine or a Perkins 4-cylinder diesel power-plant. It may have used a T-98 4-speed manual transmission which was used by the Jeep FC-150.