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Whatever Happened to ‘Jurassic Park’s Jeep Wrangler?

Whatever Happened to ‘Jurassic Park’s Jeep Wrangler?

Jurassic Park boasts several iconic characters, from the famous velociraptors to Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm, to the film’s distinct Jeeps. The 1993 film continues to be beloved by generations of movie fans. It spawned two direct sequels and enjoyed a recent revival with the Jurassic World films.

Two standout vehicles featured in the orginal film are the Ford Explorer and the Jeep Wrangler. The Explorers were utilized by the tourists as they navigated from the Visitors Centre to the park’s “secure” enclosures. Meanwhile, the Jeep Wranglers were responsible for transporting individuals between the airport and the park’s central building.

Of course, the Jeep Wrangler is front and center during perhaps the most iconic moment of Jurassic Park. When the heroes of the film first see actual dinosaurs, John Williams’ score swells and John Hammond declares, “Welcome… to Jurassic Park!”

In the dinosaur break-out scenes, certain characters, like the villain Dennis Nedry, tried to flee the island in a Wrangler unit. The sturdiness of the Jeep Wrangler proved invaluable later in the film when other characters were pursued by the T-Rex.

Where are the ‘Jurassic Park’ Jeeps Now?

In Jurassic Park, each Jeep’s front stripe features a distinct number, enabling easy identification of the vehicles. Jeeps 18, 29, 12, and 10 are prominently featured in the 1993 film. Notably, Jeeps 18 and 29 make a reappearance in 2015’s Jurassic World.

The Jeep Wrangler models featured in Jurassic Park are retained by Universal Pictures, according to Hot Cars. These iconic vehicles have resurfaced in the recent Jurassic World movies. However, the authentic models are safeguarded in private collections, occasionally unveiled to the public at museum exhibits or car shows. Online sources lack definitive proof of an original model being publicly available.

However, fans can see some of the screen-used Jeeps. Wrangler unit 12 is peacefully situated at Islands of Adventure in Universal Studios, Orlando, while Wrangler unit 10 is on display at Universal Studios, Hollywood.

The ‘Jurassic Park’ Jeep is a Favorite Fan Replica Vehicle

Meanwhile, hardcore fans of the Dino franchise are in luck. The Jurassic Park Jeep stands out as a straightforward replica movie car project. Among the various generations of the Jeep Wrangler, the “YJ” model, distinguishable by its square headlights, is considered less valuable. Full replica vinyl kits are also relatively affordable, priced at just a few hundred dollars. The most costly upgrade typically involves coating your Wrangler’s rims in red plastic. As per Classic.com, the typical resale value of a used YJ generation Wrangler (1987-1995) is $14,623.

For all purposes, it makes the iconic film vehicle one of the most commonly seen on the road and at conventions.

However, many Jurassic Park and Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts bypass cloning the flawless beige YJ version from the film. Instead, Wrangler owners through the ages have chosen Jurassic Park decals or magnets to inject a dash of charm into their Jeeps. The fan replicas and all of their variations have helped keep the iconic screen vehicle one of the most popular around.