1968 Restored Jeepster 4X4 Convertible for Sale
Jeep’s Bigger Brother: the Jeepster
The Jeepster, first introduced in 1948 by Willys-Overland, went through several corporate owners and vehicle modifications in the next twenty-five years. The 1968 Jeepster Commando model that we have for sale incorporates the best of those changes:
·More powerful V-6 engine,
·4X4 with manual lock-out hubs, and (importantly)
Nice Example of this Popular Model
·Paint and Chrome
This Jeepster is finished in the desirable two-tone motif: yellow with white accents. The body is in great condition and the paint is of average quality with several stone chips. This is a rust-free vehicle that the current owner purchased in Texas and has been garage-kept ever since. The underside pictures show just how clean this vehicle is.
The chrome and trim are generally nice, free of rust with just a bit of minor pitting. All in all, the paint and chrome package on this Jeepster looks good.
All of the windows work correctly and the glass is in very good condition. The roll-up windows are one of the features that separate this car from the earlier models that had side curtains. The windshield has a few stone chips (no starring). The door locks work properly but the key doesn’t seem to want to unlock them (they probably haven’t been used much in the 40-year history of this car).
The convertible top is black and is in very good condition and appears to have been recently replaced. The rear glass window is clear and easy to see out of (see pictures). The manual raising-lowering mechanism works properly and one person can drop the top or put it back up.
The interior is in very good condition and appears to have been totally updated recently. The front bucket seats and rear bench seat are black vinyl and look to have been recently replaced. The door panels are both in excellent condition, and the black carpeting looks recent as well. The interior light works but the dash lights do not illuminate.
The dash and instrument panel are also in very good condition. All of the gauges work, as does all of the safety equipment (lights, brake light (right not working) turn signals, wipers, and horn—with some coxing!) but the back-up lights and the generator/oil “idiot” lights will need attention.
This Jeepster was equipped with the optional 160 hp V-6 225 cid “Dauntless” engine made by Buick and it starts right up and runs smoothly, easily powering the car either around town or out on the highway.
This Jeepster came equipped with the T-14 automatic transmission, and it shifts smoothly whether in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive mode.
There are 4 mounted Kumho 235/75R15 tires that have most of their tread remaining as well as a Goodyear spare mounted continental-kit style on the rear that looks like it has never been on the ground. One of the front brakes needs adjustment, and we are diagnosing that problem now.
The heater fan runs properly, but we haven’t driven the Jeepster far enough to determine whether the heat is operating. There is what appears to be the original AM radio that comes on but because the antenna is broken, we are unable to assure ourselves that it works properly.
Finally, the Jeepster has a trailer hitch receiver that is tucked neatly out of the way underneath the spare tire.
As are all of the Jeepsters, this Jeepster Commando is capable of leaving the pavement and carrying you off the beaten path. Judging from the unusual cleanliness of the underside of this vehicle, however, it appears to have spent most—if not all—of its 76,812 miles on regular pavement.
To a Camp Site, the Beach or the Grocery Store: this is the car to take!
Simply put, this 1968 Jeepster convertible is a hoot to drive. Apart from the attention it is sure to get, it is just a fun car to drive. Drop the top and scoot off to wherever you wish, there is room for 4 or you can put a week’s worth of groceries (or your golf clubs) inside. If you haven’t driven one of these cars in recent years—or perhaps at all—you are going to fall in love with this yellow convertible. AND REMEMBER, winter is on its way and a nice 4x4 classic is hard to beat when the snow begins to fly.
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