Cohort Sighting: Jeepster Commando – Is It Spring Yet?

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Channaher uploaded these excellent pictures of this 1971 Jeepster Commando and after being teased with seventy degree temperatures this past weekend, they’re a necessary reminder that it will get warm once again (it’ll be about fifteen degrees tonight and it snowed this morning).

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Luckily, this is a pre-1972 model, and retains its original face.  I can’t say I care for the widened grille and hood, but it’s otherwise quite charming and, in convertible form, fulfills its role as a roadster-cum-4×4 well.  Those badges in front of the doors, incidentally, denote that this carries the 225 “Dauntless” V6, which most will more readily recognize as the Buick V6.  They also indicate that this is a 1971, making the badges odd addition for an engine in the process of being phased out by then-new parent, AMC.

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It doesn’t appear that this example does duty as a daily driver, even though that was part of the model’s appeal when launched.  As this picture appears to be taken in traffic-dense Northern Virginia, it’s probably best that it stay under wraps.  After a rough mid-Atlantic winter, the owner was probably more than happy to bring it out for a quick run, providing relief to the relentless suburban landscape, much as the Jeepster was intended to do 43 years ago.

Related reading: 1967 & 1972 Jeepster Commando