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The Tuxedo Park did not start as a full blown special. Like a lot of the editions we will see Jeep offered it started as a dealer add on package.
The first of the Tuxedo Parks was the way Kaiser wanted to upgrade the CJ line to a more civilized image for the public. The thought process was to offer a stylish CJ5 with comfort and style so the CJ would be thought of as a more sporting vehicle over it's reputation of a farm and utility vehicle. Kaiser was looking into the future to insure the CJ would continue as a popular consumer item. We can say this, without this vision the universal line would never have survived into the top selling product it is today selling 4 door versions that compete with top of the line SUVs of other companies.
In 1961 and continuing till 1963 a limited production run of CJ5 and CJ6s were produced under the name of Tuxedo Park. These offered a lot, a chrome hood badge, Chrome Bumper and Bumperettes, Front 60/40 split seating, chrome hood hinges and mirror, special hub caps, and white sidewall tires. These are rare to find today and production numbers are hard to verify. Being the first of a SHOW type offering for Jeep they were amazed at how many they sold.
The Mark IV Tuxedo Park
In 1964 Kaiser stepped the game up and presented the package as a separate model with a serial number change to match.
It was now the Tuxedo Park Mark IV and was a good selling item. The offered items not offered in the regular universal line. It came with a column mounted shifter, Turbine style hub caps, Single lever transfer case shifting, the bench seat had calf grain embossed vinyl and it came with rear wheel housing pads. Improved brakes with improved springs were part of the performance upgrade. It kept the chrome goodies from before. It had it's own parts addendum, W-1175 to keep up with the part changes in the model. Model Numbers 8322 for the CJ5 and 8422 for the Cj6 were on the Vin number, this was a full scale model change. Production numbers seem to show the CJ5 sold over 7400 units and the CJ6 sold 459 units before the end of production in 1969.
This seems to be the most sought after special edition ever produced in the CJ line. The true travesty is that over the years so many were modded up for trail service it is hard to find original Parts that distinguished the model.
One of the proud points to restored Mark IV owners is this was the only special edition that carried it's own model designation.
Forward thinking with eyes to the future, Looked back at by AMC as they offered upscale Jeeps through the 70s and 80s, we can only take our hats off to this model for making the Jeep universal package the power seller it is in today's market.
If you really want to know if your a Jeeper, get a CJ. Spend months sourcing parts and restoring it with the sweat of your own work, or go out and get a Wrangler and be part of the cookie cutter Jeep crowd.
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