If you’re a fan of the distinctive looks of a Jeep but will mostly be driving it on paved roads, like a normal-human car, and you don’t have $28,000 for the cheapest new Wrangler, you should be asking yourself one important question: why aren’t I looking to Tunisia? It’s the question we should all be asking ourselves about so many things, but in this particular case, it’s even more relevant. That’s because Tunisia is where they make the Wallyscar Iris.
Wallyscar is the first completely Tunisian carmaker. Founded in 2006, it started out building little Jeep-like cars out of fiberglass and engines (and other bits) sourced from PSA Peugeot-Citroën (now Stellantis, about which you should ask your doctor). Wallyscar has sold about 2,200 cars so far, and it made a little video explaining its’ origin, if you’re interested:
It seems that a pair of brothers — Zied and Omar Guiga — were smitten by another builder of subscale Jeep knockoffs, called the Dallas Jeep, and got inspired from there.