Rare Jeeps for Hobbyists: Part I
Ever since the Willys Jeep was born out of WW2, there has been a growing tree of distinctive Jeep models, some better known than others. From Army Jeep Parts, your source for Willys jeep parts and restoration, here are some incredible vehicles that we’d like to highlight that may have been overlooked in the past.
The Jeepster Commando
Originally, the Kaiser Jeep company came from a merger of Kaiser Motors and Willys-Overland, at which time Kaiser Jeep introduced the Jeepster Commando as an answer to the International Harvester Scout and Ford Bronco. The Jeepster Commando was available in wagon, convertible, roadster, and pickup truck configurations. When AMC took over, they dropped the Jeepster name, renamed it the Jeep Commando, and lengthened the wheelbase to accommodate V8 and inline-6 engines.
The Hemi Jeep Commander
The Jeep Commander is an imposing machine, and its 3-row seat option was its most obvious difference from the Grand Cherokee at the time. With both Limited and Overland versions that featured the 357-horsepower Hemi V8, the Commander stayed in production for only five years before Chrysler retired it in favor of the 2011 Dodge Durango.
The CJ-10 (1 Tonner)
Based on the rugged Jeep J10 pickup, the CJ-10 was made for international sale. Known as the 1 Tonner in Australia, the CJ-10 came with either an AMC 6-cylinder, 4-cylinder engine, or a Nissan 3.2 liter diesel lump.
The J10 Short Bed
Many remembered the original Gladiator when Jeep announced the new truck. However, Jeep continued building pickup trucks on the same SJ platform as the early Cherokee, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer models after it stopped using the Gladiator name. The J10 pickup came in the more common long-wheelbase version as well as a short bed variation.
The Dispatcher Jeep
The Dispatcher Jeep (DJ) was a modified version of the 1955 CJ-3A that was used by delivery companies, most famously the US Postal Service. However, the later DJ-5 Dispatcher is not as rare due to its remarkable reliability and usefulness.
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