Jeep released in 1966 the Jeepster Commando, perceived as its response to the then-growing affinity for 4x4s. At the time, the International Scout, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Ford Bronco were high up on people’s wish lists. Jeep wanted not just to join the bandwagon, but rule it.
The Commando, much to its delight, became popular, too. However, when American Motors Corporation bought Jeep in 1970, they redesigned it. In fact, that’s one of the first things they did. In 1972, American Motors launched the new model, equipped with a 304-cubic inch V8 engine.
Unfortunately, this new model didn’t prove popular with the crowd, unlike the original Jeep Commando. American Motors promptly killed the line in 1973 following waning sales. The Cherokee then replaced it in 1974, though. This particular 1972 Commando above, now up for auction, comes from the Route 66 Packard Museum collection. It’s in great original condition, to boot.
The ride comes with Warn Lock-o-Matic front hubs plus an automatic transmission. There’s also the original 304-cubic inch V8 engine here. It’s a cool, slick-looking ride for those not really up for much flair. Not to say this doesn’t have flair, though. It’s got some, just not oozing with it to the point of being too treacly to take on the road. Comes in a gorgeous and vivid blue colorway reminiscent of offbeat 70s movies. Hit the link below to find out how you can bid for this modest, but notable ride. Estimated auction price is between $20,000 to $25,000. Easy on the pockets.
Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s