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1968 Jeepster Convertible

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Let’s just get this out of the way first thing, the vehicle you are looking at is not a Jeepster Commando Convertible. This is a Jeepster Convertible, a similar but still different vehicle which is very frequently mistaken for its Commando cousin. The Jeepster was a more modern take on the SUV, but was built long before vehicles like this were the norm in the segment. The name comes from a vehicle built by Willys-Overland just after WWII. The 1948-1950 Jeepster was a way for Willys-Overland to build something more car-like while still using as many components and body panels from the Jeep as possible.

Willys-Overland merged with Kaiser in 1953, and eventually the nameplate was reborn for a much more successful line of vehicles that lasted into AMC’s ownership of Jeep. The mid-60s was an era when other manufacturers were bringing out off-roaders of their own, and Kaiser needed some fresh thinking in order to hold on to its market segment. The Jeepster was an off-roader with a full interior, air conditioning, carpeting and other refinements that at the time were found in cars, but not off-road vehicles. There was also the Commando line of Jeepsters that were more traditionally utilitarian, but as I mentioned, this isn’t one of those.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1968 Jeep Jeepster Convertible.

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1968 Jeepster Convertible

1968 Jeepster Convertible

Let’s just get this out of the way first thing, the vehicle you are looking at is not a Jeepster Commando Convertible. This is a Jeepster Convertible, a similar but still different vehicle which is very frequently mistaken for its Commando cousin. The Jeepster was a more modern take on the SUV, but was built long before vehicles like this were the norm in the segment. The name comes from a vehicle built by Willys-Overland just after WWII. The 1948-1950 Jeepster was a way for Willys-Overland to build something more car-like while still using as many components and body panels from the Jeep as possible.

Willys-Overland merged with Kaiser in 1953, and eventually the nameplate was reborn for a much more successful line of vehicles that lasted into AMC’s ownership of Jeep. The mid-60s was an era when other manufacturers were bringing out off-roaders of their own, and Kaiser needed some fresh thinking in order to hold on to its market segment. The Jeepster was an off-roader with a full interior, air conditioning, carpeting and other refinements that at the time were found in cars, but not off-road vehicles. There was also the Commando line of Jeepsters that were more traditionally utilitarian, but as I mentioned, this isn’t one of those.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1968 Jeep Jeepster Convertible.

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