Every Wrangler should be two-door. American soldiers won the war with two-door Jeeps, and until recently, that was the only way to get a Wrangler. So that’s what I’ve chosen. And because all the best cars are at least a little inconvenient, I’ve selected a soft-top body with the Rubicon trim, for its knobbly tires and squishy suspension. I once drove a Wrangler Rubicon like this from Detroit to Northern Michigan – it was miserable. On the highway, it pitched and rolled in heavy winds and required constant steering corrections thanks to the tires. Perfect.

Considering my heritage-inspired build, I’ve gone with a six-speed manual transmission which requires the 3.6-liter V6. I’d love the mild-hybrid 2.0-liter for the additional low-end torque, but alas, Jeep isn’t offering that configuration at the moment. Still, the V6 and manual gearbox is an engaging, entertaining combination. 

But while I’m not bothered by some inconveniences, others are a bridge too far. That’s why my ideal Wrangler has heated leather seats and a heated steering wheel, thanks to the $695 Cold Weather Package. And because Jeep’s standard headlights are usually lousy, I added the $995 LED Lighting Group. The $1,295 steel bumpers are a must, as is the $895 Jeep Active Safety Group (blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors). The $795 Trailer Tow Group adds a beefier alternator and four auxiliary switches. Switches are cool. Rounding out my setup is the $1,295 Alpine audio system because tunes are important when driving a Wrangler.

The total price of my build is a somewhat reasonable $46,105. That’s still crazy money for a Jeep Wrangler, but it’s not as exorbitant as some of the other builds featured here.

Finally, you might notice that my Jeep is the only one with the roof and doors off. That’s intentional because a roofless, doorless Wrangler is the only correct Wrangler.