As of 1970, American Motors was the owner of the Jeep brand when the Jeepster sales began to slim. American Motors soon realized that something was needed in order to attract the attention of the new consumers, the younger crowd. American Motors partnered with Hurst in order to think up a sporty version of the Jeepster. The true production numbers are unknown but it is estimated that there were around only 100 built. Base MSRP $5,600
Various exterior modifications set the 1971 Jeep Commando apart from previous models. An ABS plastic vacuum-formed hood scoop immediately identifies this as something different. A rooftop luggage rack adds more storage and Hurst emblems are located on the fenders and at the rear. Chrome pieces such as the mirrors, roof rack, and hood latches gives some flare to the Jeep. The unique paint scheme of the red and blue stripes over top Champagne White paint ads a sporty look to the exterior.
Inside the 1971 Jeep Commando, the interior could be purchased with paint-matched paneling. Inside the rear of the hood scoop is an 8,000-rpm tachometer, giving the driver a clear read out of their rpm’s. Shifting is accomplished through a Hurst “Dual Gate” shifter unless ordered with the 3-speed automatic. Leather wrapped seats offer the comfort that Jeep had become known for.
Under the hood sits a 225 cubic inch Dauntless V6, producing 160 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. Since the engine is naturally aspirated and features two valves per cylinder, this power will accelerate the Jeep Commando to 60 in just 13 seconds and will accelerate up to 91 mph.
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