Jeep Commando C101: Period-Correct Paint is Priceless
If you’re a huge fan of classic Jeeps, this one will surely pique your interest.
This Jeep Commando C101, which we stumbled upon in a Jalopnik report, is a one-owner vehicle, and is currently listed at $12,500 on Craigslist. We think that’s just about right for a Commando like this in great condition. Also, that period-correct paint only sweetens the deal for us.
Coming some 16 years after the first Jeepster convertible (made from 1948-1950), the soft-top Commando represented a more well-executed reiteration of the original idea, but in a vehicle more authentic to the look of Jeep. Some of the updates on the later model included more slab-sided styling and roll-up windows in the Jeep’s two doors.
The ’69 Commando did, however, feature a wider nose than other models offered in the Jeep lineup during the era. The Jeep also came with another very interesting feature, which was a Buick 226 V6 engine under the hood.
As Jalopnik points out, Kaiser-Jeep wound up using the V6s in the Commando after officials at Buick realized they had an excess of the engines. For Kaiser, the 226-cid V6 proved to be the perfect answer for a desire to use a bigger motor in Jeeps. Renamed as the “Dauntless V6,” the engines put out 160 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque in the Commando.
We imagine that alone, would be enough to attract a lot of collectors to this Jeep. Not to mention that the owner kept the vehicle garaged for more than 30 years and that the Commando’s rebuilt V6 engine also only has 100 miles on the odometer, as detailed in the original Craigslist posting.
In fact, from the looks of it, this Jeep Commando appears to be in near perfect classic condition. $12,500? Where’s that checkbook?