2014 JEEP Wrangler by Chelsea Truck Company

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2014 JEEP Wrangler by Chelsea Truck Company

Background

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Introduced at the 2006 New York Auto Show, the third-generation Jeep Wrangler - designated the JK - was in production for a total of 11 years between 2007 and 2018, evolving through several major facelifts, lineup changes and special editions.

Designed to retain the iconic Jeep utilitarian looks and capabilities but with a complete ground-up redesign over the previous TJ platform, the JK Wrangler was offered in both two and four-door ‘Unlimited’ body shells, with a choice of either a 2.8-litre diesel inline-four, 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 or 3.8-litre EGH v6 engine.

In 2011, the Wrangler received a major mid-life refresh, with a completely new interior appearance, new wheels, redesigned transmission shift interface and other minor aesthetic revisions, yet mechanically the models remained the same.

Whilst the Jeep Wrangler is wonderfully usable and able to deal with inhospitable terrain with ease, they could never be considered luxurious or well-equipped. Thankfully, there are aftermarket customisation companies that address these issues, which is how this CTC Jeep Wrangler came about…

The Vehicle

Extensively customised by the Chelsea Truck Company / KAHN designs, this ‘JK’ Wrangler has been transformed into a luxurious, capable and outlandish ‘party jeep’ with various upgrades including a valved exhaust (controlled via a phone app) incredible stereo system, full interior re-trim, wide-arch bodykit, suspension lift, new front bumper and more, all of which entirely transform both the appearance and characteristics of this Jeep.

Purchased by our vendor in 2019 after the major overhaul had been carried out by CTC, this Wrangler was used as a weekend toy and ‘fun’ car for a number of years, and was always kept garaged during our vendor’s ownership, as part of his own personal collection of vehicles.

Having proven itself to be an enjoyable, fault-free and head-turning vehicle for weekends and sunny evenings, our vendor is now downsizing their automotive collection, meaning this tricked-out Jeep Wrangler is in need of a new custodian.

On the Outside

Long gone are the restrained lines of the original Wrangler Sahara Unlimited, being replaced by the aggressive, over-exaggerated appearance of this KAHN-customised example.

Whilst it may not be to everyone’s taste, we love it, especially the author who couldn’t stop grinning whilst driving the car and looking back at it - it’s ridiculous, but in the absolute best way possible!

The bodywork is wonderfully straight throughout, with no signs of any notable dents, dings, panel alignment issues or any tell-tale signs of accident damage. The paintwork is also still in good condition throughout, with the only particularly noticeable wear being to the offside rear arch, which shows some spidering in the paintwork and larger marks.

Looking closer, it’s clear to see the decals along the lower half of the bodywork have seen better days, with the lines along the lower sills in particular starting to wear away and presenting in various states of disarray - we’d suggest having these remedied, as they spoil an otherwise excellent truck when up close.

There are also a few deeper scuffs and marks visible around the upper edge of the rear load bay / tailgate, likely from the soft top being regularly used and from general wear-and-tear, with the images in the extensive gallery below showing the extent of this wear.

The upgraded wheels are all in good order and shod in matching all-terrain, chunky tyres, with no major marks, scuffs or any kerb damage present.

Speaking of the soft top, this is not the original item and was purchased from the US, with the invoice present in the car’s history folder. One of the major benefits of this design is that it can be opened partially, allowing fresh air for the driver and front seat passenger without requiring the entire roof to be removed.

The roof itself is in very good condition externally with a few marks from weathering and regular use, whilst inside there are signs of damp and mildew, though this does not seem to have affected the rest of the interior, and would likely be remedied with the correct detergents and some elbow grease.

On the Inside

Having been transformed by CTC, the interior of this JK Wrangler is a world away from its original self, with luxurious quilted leather seats and a stereo system that would rival a club’s PA units.

On the whole, the cabin presents in very good condition throughout, with only light wear to the seats and the aforementioned mildew on the roof inner being standout issues in the front.

The floors have some typical wear, and in the rear the nearside door card and edges of the seats also have some more noticeable marks from being used on a regular basis, perhaps by a dog or small child judging by the type of light scratches we saw.

In the rear, the load area is in good condition but the rubber mat does not fit correctly on account of the upgraded stereo system and subwoofer, though this is easily rectified or removable. As we’ve mentioned, the upper edges of the load area have some wear and this continues down into the bay itself, but the wear is significantly less noticeable and is likely to be imperceptible in day-to-day use.

As far as we could tell, all systems are working correctly, though the heated seats seem a little on the weak side, so this may need some attention. The upgraded stereo system sounds excellent (as evidenced on the video below) and is in full working order.

Underneath

As always with our listings, we’ve provided a large selection of underside photos at the end of the gallery below for you to assess the condition of the car’s chassis for yourself, which we’d recommend you taking a look at. From our brief inspection, it would seem that the underside of this Wrangler is in good order, but shows plentiful signs of use such as surface ‘bloom’ and a couple of patches of corrosion, but nothing that has drawn the attention of an MOT tester or been noted otherwise.

In fact, the most recent MOT - dated 04 January 2021 - shows a clean bill of health, so it’s pretty safe to say all is well here.

Out on the road, the car starts with no issues and sounds just like any other diesel-engined jeep with the exhaust valves closed, which is perfect for keeping your neighbours on-side. Activate the valves, however, and this Wrangler sounds like four-wheeled thunder!

The larger wheel/tyre combination and lift kit are all in good order, though there is some more notable NVH from the large tyres on tarmac roads. As far as we could tell from our test drive and taking the car to/from the shoot location, there are no untoward noises or behaviours noted, and all mechanical systems appear to be in full working order.

History Highlights

Included with the car is the V5 registered keeper form, two keys, the invoice for the aforementioned roof upgrade and the Pioneer stereo, the stereo manual and a HPI check showing markers only for outdated mileage data and previous numberplate changes.

What We Think

Head-turning, fun and possessing the unusual ability to turn even the most serious driver into a grinning child thanks to its outlandish nature, this custom Jeep Wrangler is an excellent way to enjoy summer evenings and trips to the beach with room for all the family.

Whilst the Jeep purists may not be a fan of the upgrades, there is no denying the sheer presence this Wrangler now possesses, and it’s a sure-fire conversation starter wherever you go.

Presented in very good condition throughout and with numerous desirable upgrades, we estimate a value of around £26,000 to £32,000 when the hammer falls.

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Seller

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  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 57000
  • Chassis Number: 1C4BJWL5XEL197555
  • Engine: 2776
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Colour: White
  • Interior: Black/Leather
  • Estimated Price: £26,000 - £32,000

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