G9 Lust List: American Expedition Vehicles (AEV)
A few months ago we wrote about TLC Icon, who re-engineer and hand-build some very tough and detail oriented 4×4′s. During our foray into Overland Expo, we found another impressive high-performance company: American Expedition Vehicles.
They focus only on Jeep Wranglers, building whole systems of components all designed to work together ensuring you can trust their parts for superior function, quality, and longevity. Our favorite design feature with the AEVs is the restraint the designers use in fabricating them. There’s a minimal elegance to them; a perfect cohesion of stock-looking parts and subtle custom detailing that really separate them from other aftermarket fabricators.
Their Brute Jeep pickup conversion has been an object of our desire since it debuted in 2002, filling the void for a Jeep pickup, and winning a Daimler-Chrysler Designer Excellence Award.
AEV has now taken it to the next level by designing the Brute Double Cab with the overlanding lifestyle in mind.
“Overlanding: Vehicle-supported, self-reliant adventure travel, typically exploring remote locations and interacting with other cultures.” - Overland Journal
The Brute Double Cab has more capability than an off-road pickup, and takes advantage of the storage in a Jeep Wrangler which has seating for five and fold-flat rear seats.
All in all, these would make some insane production vehicles capable of going just about anywhere. Imagine a rack-mounted CineFlex on the JK single cab ripping through terrain in Utah.