Gingerbread houses are the main attribute of Christmas. At The Ritz-Carlton in Maran, Arizona, they decided to build a “gingerbread” car. The first generation Jeep Wrangler became the basis for the Christmas composition entitled “Off-road Vehicle in the Enchanted Desert of Sonora”.
Confectioners and artists began turning the SUV into a huge sweet composition with covering the hood, bodywork and windshield frame with gingerbread tiles. Then a team of confectioners filled the gaps with candy, and attached chewing gum to each tile. To make the seats and wheels look like mint sweets, they were covered with two-color fondant. The body of the SUV was filled with gifts, and next to the car they made a sandy desert covered with candied cacti.
In total, work on the composition took 250 hours. The Jeep Wrangler decoration took 227 kilograms of marmalade, sweets and chocolate, as well as 1000 gingerbread cookies.
Wrangler YJ came out in 1986 as a more convenient replacement for the CJ-7. Initially, the YJ was available with two AMC engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder. A few years later, a 4.0-liter Jeep engine appeared in the engine range. Total sales of the model amounted to more than 630 thousand units.