Introduction to the 1967-1973 Jeepster Commando

By: the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The Interior of the 1967 Jeepster Commando

The dash was a bit spartan.
The dash was a bit spartan.
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As was customary for the time, the interior of the 1967 Jeepster Commando was rather spartan.

Dashboard aficionados could get bored staring at the Jeepster's dash, since it was mostly painted metal. A rectangle directly in front of the driver housed the speedometer, odometer, and turn signal indicators, while a smaller rectangle to the left held four rocker switches for lights, wipers, washers, and heater fan.


In addition there were two dial switches nearby for defrost and heater temperature. The center of the dash held the optional radio, if so ordered, while the area in front of the passenger was painted metal, broken only by the glovebox door and a cigarette lighter.

A stylish console added a touch of class to the Jeepster Commando.
A stylish console added a touch of class to the Jeepster Commando.
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Still, the Jeepster was in line with the times. As Alex Markovich noted in a Popular Mechanics article at the time: "Generally, the Jeepster is finished neatly and tastefully, though not lavishly. Areas of the doors and side panels that lack upholstery are finished in crackle paint that resembles leather. All body panels fit perfectly."

The doors and side panels were upholstered, again not lavishly, but handsomely for the times and type of vehicle.

Jeep pulled out all stops to launch the new series. To simplify the rest of the lineup, the old CJ-3B and DJ-3A models were dropped.

Lavish full-color catalogs were printed, and the auto press was supplied with test cars.

This was still, after all, a Jeep, so a certain amount of four-wheeling expertise was expected by the testers. They were not disappointed. "Off-road traction: in every respect, excellent," said V. Lee Oertle, reporting for Motor Trend.

Ginny Ade, writing in Wheels Afield, said that "The traction was really something! As the ads say, 'You have to drive it to believe it!"'

Front bucket seats were standard, though seating was a bit snug up back.
Front bucket seats were standard, though seating was a bit snug up back.
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Veteran auto writer Jim Dunne said that "I'm still amazed at how easy it is to get through snow drifts, banks, and mounds. I went out of my way to think up tough tests, but nowhere did the Jeepster have any difficulty in keeping going...."

Comfort and convenience rated highly with testers, too. Dunne noted that "front seat room, with bucket seats, is comfortable and headroom is excellent."

Car Life's Dave Epperson wrote that "... rough pavement ride, a shattering experience in many off-road cars, was highly acceptable."

Motor Trend went a bit further, saying that "Passenger comfort is way above average for a vehicle of this type."

Pricing was reasonable, with the basic Roadster listing at $2,466, the Pick-Up at $2,548, the Station Wagon at $2,749.

The Jeepster Sport Convertible was at the top end, at $3,186, although it, like the rest of the line, generally went for quite a bit more when the optional items were tacked on. The series was called C-101.

The 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971 model years did not introduced many changes to the Jeepster Commando, but a change in ownership did happen.

Continue on to the next page to learn more about Kaiser-Jeep Corporation's new owner.

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