Everything You Need to Know About the Jurassic Park Jeep Wranglers

Have you noticed Jeep Wranglers driving around with Jurassic Park stickers on their doors? These vehicles ranges from carefully crafted replicas of specific vehicles from the first Jurassic Park movie to more casual tributes to the idea of the Jurassic Park Jeeps. Here’s everything you could want to know about Jurassic Park Jeep Wranglers.

What Jeep was used in Jurassic Park?

The 1993 Jurassic Park movie featured a fleet of Jeep Wranglers YJs. In the movie, park staff use them to traverse the island. The production crew modified beige-colored Wranglers with iconic red decals.

A tribute to the beige and red Jeep Wrangler YJ from 1993's Jurassic Park film.
Jurassic Park Jeep tribute | Ollie Millington/WireImage via Getty Images

The Jeep Wrangler “Staff Vehicles” in the first Jurassic Park movie are all soft top Wranglers with manual transmissions. They belong to the Wrangler’s “YJ” generation and are “Sahara” trims. They also have been modified. These Jeeps have bright red rims, matching red strips over each fender, and a large red “Jurassic Park” logo on each door.

Because the front stripe of each Jeep in the Jurassic Park movie contains a unique number, it is easy to track which vehicle is which. Jeeps 18, 29, 12, and 10 all play a central role in the 1993 Jurassic Park film. Jeeps 18 and 29 both reappear in 2015’s Jurassic World.

How much does a Jurassic Park Jeep cost?

Your very own Jurassic Park Jeep is one of the easiest replica movie cars to build. The Jeep Wrangler “YJ”–with its unique square headlights–is one of the least valuable generations of the SUV. Full replica vinyl kits only cost a few hundred dollars. The most expensive modification is plastic-dipping your Wrangler’s rims red.

A T-Rex crushing a Jeep during the Jurassic Park film, an actor visible in the foreground.
Jurassic Park scene | Murray Close/Getty Images

According to Classic.com, the average used YJ generation Wrangler (1987-1995) resells for $14,623.

Many fans of Jurassic Park and Jeep Wranglers don’t bother with building a perfect, beige-colored YJ replica of the Wrangler from the movie. Owners of Wranglers from many different generations buy Jurassic Park decals or magnets for their Jeep’s doors to upgrade it with some eye-catching flare.

See our guide to the cheapest used Jeep Wrangler model years.

Did Jeep ever build a Jurassic Park edition?

Shockingly, Jeep has never released a Jurassic Park edition of its Wrangler. Perhaps it could never come to a licensing agreement. But that hasn’t prevented Jeep from using new movie releases to raise awareness of its expedition-ready brand.

A black Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with door badges as a tribute to the Jurassic Park film franchise.
Jurassic World premiere | Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment

As Olivier Francois, chief marketing officer of FCA told Forbes, “The Jeep is a real character and a current one in the Jurassic film.” It’s unsurprising that Jeep capitalized on the release of the most recent Jurassic film with a TV spot featuring the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe hybrid and a cute baby dinosaur.

Next, read about a Batman superfan’s 700-horsepower Batmobile replica or watch the Jurassic World Jeep commercial for yourself in the video below:

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