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Posted over the weekend here on Craigslist in Roseto, Pennsylvania is this driver quality 1968 Kaiser Jeep M715 reported to be a former military forestry truck. The current caretaker, Paul, is currently asking $6,200 for his M715 which based on researching prices of other M715s sold online over the past year indicates this is the going rate for driver-quality examples. If you are serious about purchasing this M715, you can call Paul at (908) 674-0383 to start the conversation.
Kaiser Jeep produced a light military version of its civilian Gladiator pickup truck from 1967 to 1969. The most noticeable difference between the Civilian and Military version was the latter’s convertible top. The M715 was sometimes called the “Five quarter (ton)”, for its 1-1/4 ton payload rating. In a departure from its purpose-built predecessor, the Dodge M37, the M715 was the first “M”-series U.S. tactical vehicle to use primarily commercial components; the first in a series of militarized commercial off-the-shelf (“COTS”) vehicle procurements. From 1967 to 1969, Kaiser produced slightly more than 30K M715 trucks at their Toledo, Ohio, plant. Another fun fact: the M715 230 cubic inch, better known as the “Tornado Six”, has the singular distinction of being the first mass-produced overhead cam automobile engine made in post-World-War-II America.
Unfortunately, the written description of Paul’s truck is limited to the fact this M715 “Runs, drives, and the winch works.” Consequently, you’ll need to interview Paul quite a bit more to get an understanding of the history of his M715. With its convertible top cab, front-mounted winch, and 4×4 drivetrain, you can have a great time taking this truck off-road. Good luck with the purchase!
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