Everyone Should Daily-Drive A Classic Jeepster Commando

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If you need automotive inspiration in your life, check out this guy’s 1970 Jeep Jeepster Commando daily-driver. It’s perfect in every way.

When you hear “Jeepster,” you might think of that funky little car Willys made from 1948 to 1950. But diehards will tell you that wasn’t a true Jeep, and that the real Jeepster came out as the Jeepster Commando in 1966 with a solid front axle like the Jeep gods intended.


The Jeepster Commando is a weird looking Jeep (but the later models were downright hideous), with that huge notched rear overhang and the grille that flows over the fenders. Still, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in the Petrolicious video below, that beholder is Sam Fankuchen. Look at his tastefully modified daily-driver:

I think it looks great. More importantly, though, listen to that Dauntless V6. That 90-degree Buick engine, loosely related to the unstoppable Buick 3800, fires right up as Sam turns the key. I wish my J10 would do that.

Sam, you’re a real Jeepin’spiration, even if you did call your rig a “car” a few times (the Jeep bible’s first Commandment is: thou shalt not calleth youreth Jeepeth a careth—or something like that).

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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio