These are screenshots from a YouTube video which is, let’s say, “controversial”. I’m not sure where it was shot, but it’s supposedly in Cold War era Russia. Can you positively identify the jeep?

Edit: Perhaps someone with more time than I have tonight can pore through this handy database I just found: http://denisovets.ru/models.html

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At first glance, it appears to be a Jeep CJ-3B due to the tall grille and general size. However, there are some very troubling details.

  • There are eight grille slots instead of seven
  • The turn signals are mounted higher than normal
  • It has full running boards
  • There are angular rear wheel arches
  • The windshield is split into two panes
  • The wheelbase is a bit long
  • It appears to have half-doors
  • There appear to be stake sides on the bed

The 6x6 troop carrier in the background may lend some clues, but since it’s so blurry, let’s look at the jeeps. What could they be? While I can’t figure out anything that matches all aspects, here are some similar-looking vehicles.

[Turkish] Jeep CJ-3B

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Willys-Mitsubishi J-3

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Jeep CJ-6 (long wheelbase)

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Russian GAZ 67 with running boards, angular wheel arches, split windshield

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GAZ 69... way off

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M151A2... no. DKW Munga... no. Sachsenring P3... no. Beijing Jeep BJ-2020... no.

I’ve looked at a couple Soviet military vehicle pages, but don’t own or know of any good reference material. I think I’ve reached the end of my Googling skills without resorting to translating search terms into cyrillic.

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If the video is a hoax, it would have been a lot of work to modify a pair of existing vehicles so extensively with no apparent goal. If they are indeed production vehicles, they had to come from somewhere. I’m perplexed.

Do you guys have any clue about these mysterious jeeps?