For $6,500, Girl, I’m Just a Jeepster For Your Love

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Nice Price Or No DiceIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Mark Bolan and T-Rex's Jeepster is a slippery, sexy ode to love. In contrast, today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Jeepster doesn't quite ooze the sex, but even so, you might find its price something to love.


The Acura Integra, especially in GS-R or balls to the wall Type-R form, has a reputation for handling that's wedding night tight. Matching that tightness was the vote for yesterday's 1998 Integra, which, at 49%/51%, put the car firmly into the Nice Crack realm.


If off-road prowess is as important to you as on, then today's 1968 Jeep Jeepster Commando may be right up your canyon. Following WWII, Willys-Overland found a ready market for its CJ, or Civilian Jeep, among both farmers and flannel wearers. Looking to add a little cosmopolitan civility to the hair-chested utility of the CJ, W-O introduced a new series, the VJ (predating MTV by 30 years) Jeepster in late 1948. The Brooks Stevens design sported a longer wheelbase and only two-wheel drive, but was still easily recognizable as a Jeep. Unfortunately it didn't catch on with the car buying public, forcing Jeep to rip van winkle the truck for more than a decade.

In 1966 the Jeepster was revived in C101 form, and to celebrate it gained the moniker Commando, mostly because it never wore underwear. The new Jeepster eschewed the earlier truck's Go Devil L-head four banger for a much more contemporary F-head engine dubbed the Hurricane, as titty twister had already been copyrighted. Also available, and powering today's contender, was the 225 CID Dauntless V6, an engine that was sourced from Buick. You're probably familiar with that engine's odd-firing nature, and GMs eventual re-purchase of the tooling, but that's a story to save for when we have a Grand National to talk about.

Here, the 160-bhp engine throws its weight around through a three-speed manual transmission and sturdy 4-wheel drive system that features manually locking hubs, just like the trail rated Gods intended. The body of the C101 edition lost all of Brooks Stevens' flamboyant curves, and was saddled instead with what appeared to be an elongated CJ body with only a severely canted back end to shake the design up. That's not to say it's unattractive, and in fact, with its hardtop in place, the C101 Jeepster exudes a jaunty charm usually reserved for middle aged men smoking pipes while fly fishing.

The interior gets no love in this Commando's Craigslist ad, but on outside, while the seller doesn't claim it to have the universe reclining in its hair, he does tout new paint, new tires and, most importantly, no rust. He also mentions 40K, but it's confusing whether he means that's all it's got on the clock, or that's what he's done in it using it as a daily driver. Other than that, he's pretty tight lipped. That's okay, because they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and we have four to examine in order to determine if this Jeepster is worth the $6,500 that the seller is asking. What do you say, does that price make you think this Jeepster is so sweet and so fine? Or, is that too much for you to say I'll make it mine?




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Adam Sparks

AMC sourced the V6? C'mon Jalopnik, you're a car blog. I expect better from you. AMC sold the casting rights BACK to GM because they used their own inline 6 engines.

This is a Kaiser product, not an AMC. AMC Commandos were beat with an ugly stick.