Beginning in 1959, John Gower prototyped a vehicle unlike any the world has never seen. It was 6-wheel drive, fully amphibious, and could transport individuals across all terrains, all seasons. This revolutionary product was named “Jiger” with early production models built to order in 1960. Mass production began in late 1965 with the 152 model. One of its most notable features quickly became known as a “balloon tire” which could be operated at extremely low air pressure. This provided comfort for occupants, and a wide footprint to protect the environment from deep ruts.
Jiger created arguably one of the coolest 1960’s promotional videos. Suspend the ATV in the air and drop it over concrete? Done. Build a ramp and launch the Jiger into a pond? Constructed.
Wayne Edel is a family member of the late John Gower, and has created a fantastic Jiger website here. There is extensive information about the company’s history and historic photos. The video below is a test drive of his personal Jiger.
Phil Lawrence of Michigan sent us these excellent photos of his father’s 1965 model 152. When Phil left the Air Force, he decided to make a top for the Jiger. The goal was to market these to Jiger dealers, but unfortunately the company went out of business before it was finished. Phil’s father is pictured driving the Jiger on ice.