1969 Jeepster Commando
The Jeepster Commando is an automobile which was first produced by Kaiser Jeep in 1966 to compete with the International Scout, Toyota Land Cruiser and Ford Bronco. Four different models were available: a pickup truck, convertible, roadster and wagon. Kaiser sold to American Motors in 1970 and after the acquisition, the Jeepster Commando steadily grew in popularity. By 1972, AMC dropped the “Jeepster” and simply called it the Commando. By the end of the production run in 1973, the engine options had grown to include a 304 cubic inch V8 engine and many package and option variants. The Commando’s replacement was the full size Jeep Cherokee.
In all, about 77,500 of these were produced through the entire production run. The Hurst Jeepster is the most collectible today, but clearly, they're hard to find. The most desirable of the regular models is the high-line Jeepster Convertible; records indicate that fewer than 3,000 were made from 1967-'69. Even fewer of the plain-Jane Commando convertibles were produced, but because they lack the Jeepster's special trim and features, they're not as interesting. Station wagons were produced from 1967-'73; they're the most common and usually the most affordable, too. This Jeepster Commando is an all original, unmodified vehicle. It came to live in our museum in the summer of 2018 and we are glad that it is part of our permanent collection.