Posted Thursday morning is this 1971 Jeep Jeepster Commander Wagon here on Craigslist in Bridgeport, Connecticut where the caretaker for the past three years is currently asking $10,950 for it. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Directory currently lists the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” values at $4,900, $11,500, and $19,800, respectively, so the private seller’s expectations appear to be in line with the market.
Kaiser introduced the Jeepster Commando in 1966 as a competitive response to the growing popularity of the International Scout as well as the launch of Ford’s then-new Bronco. Featuring a longer 101″ wheelbase, car-like styling, and more convenience features than the company’s venerable CJ-5, Kaiser offered the Jeepster in four body styles (pickup truck, convertible, roadster, and wagon) with either the “Hurricane” 132 cubic inch inline four or the 225 cubic inch “Dauntless” V6 the example featured here is equipped with. Following AMC’s purchase of Kaiser in 1969, the Commando remained in production until it was replaced by the all new Cherokee two door in 1974.
The current caretaker reports that his Commando was originally from Texas with no rust that is “excellent running and mechanically sound.” The only modification mentioned is a recent three-and-a-half inch suspension lift. You’ll need to confirm with the seller whether the station wagon style top comes as part of the sale.
This appears to be a great example of a Jeepster that does not require any body work. While it will be a lot of fun without a top, hopefully you can source one relatively easily if one is not part of the sale. Good luck with the purchase!