Fans of off-roading are no strangers to the folks over at at American Expedition Vehicles. Known for their highly capable upfitting packages for some of America’s favorite off-pavement pickups, such as the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, AEV is a leader in the off-roading market. It’s no surprise then that Bring A Trailer decided to showcase this Jeep, but this isn’t just a typical AEV-built Jeep Wrangler. That’s because this AEV JK350 package included a 5.7L Hemi V8 swap. Unsurprisingly, it sold quickly. But we were stunned at the price: $63,000.
In addition to the higher cylinder count, the AEV JK350 package includes a 3.5-inch suspension lift, 17-inch AEV Borah wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A tires, AEV Bumpers and grille guards, a Warn Zeon winch, IPF off-road lighting, an auxiliary, rear mounted water storage tanks, as well as AEV underbody skid plates among other upgrades. The previous owner of this Jeep also checked the boxes for quite a few AEV extras, including the upgraded Dynatrac ProGrip four-wheel disc brakes and a 10.2-gallon fuel caddy.
In the end there are nearly $50,000 worth of AEV upgrades stuck onto this Rubicon. At minimum, one would need roughly $40,000 to acquire an AEV JK350 upgrade with a Hemi swap. We understand that it may be a while to see such a package from AEV when it comes to the JL generation Jeep Wrangler, which is why you don’t see such a package from them just yet.
The AEV JK350 package and all of the extras brought the MSRP of this 2016 Wrangler Rubicon up to an eye watering $97,739. Quite a chunk of change to spend on an off-road toy, but also exactly what you’d expect from a build this extreme. The great thing about buying someone else’s build, especially in a global pandemic, is that there is always a deal to be had. That was certainly the case here, as the hammer dropped on this sweet V8 Wrangler with a final bid of $63,000. Quite the steal on the part of the new owner, especially considering the truck only has 17,000 miles on it at this point.
Here’s to hoping it gets to crawl its way through many more.