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1972 Jeep Commando


The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps
The Jeep Commando has remained in stock condition, down to its factory wheels and hubcaps

Despite its militaristic name, the Commando was a civilized version of Jeep, in relation to the classic CJ models, designed with a longer wheelbase and more interior space to compete with such interlopers as the Ford Bronco and International Scout.

The Pick of the Day is a 1972 Jeep Commando that appears to be in very good condition with new paint and a fresh interior in stock specifications, unusual for a vehicle that is more-often altered with an array of off-roading upgrades and custom “improvements.” Even the set of new wheels and hubcaps are factory spec, according to the seller, a Roswell, Georgia, dealer.

The Commando has become a 'cult' collector car, the seller says
The Commando has become a ‘cult’ collector car, the seller says

For a Jeep enthusiast, such an original example of the Commando is a rare find of what the ClassicCars.com listing calls a “cult” vehicle. The Jeep is equipped as original with its AMC 304cid V8, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, air conditioning and four-wheel drive.

This was a short-lived version of Commando that was created after the takeover of Kaiser Jeep by AMC. Formerly the Jeepster Commando introduced for 1966, its name was shortened to Commander for 1972 and its front end redesigned to allow space for the V8 engine.

The change was not popular at the time since the new Commando lost the classic Jeep styling in favor of a full-width grille treatment. Sales went south and Commando was discontinued after 1973, replaced by the four-door Cherokee.

But today, the unique styling of the redone Commando looks pretty cool. By keeping the Commando in stock condition, the previous owner chose to preserve the Jeep’s retro mid-century charm, and its value as a collector car.

The interior also has been redone
The interior also has been redone

The photos with the ad show a clean-looking Commando without obvious flaws and apparently well-cared-for over the years. The Jeep has “excellent Southern history,” the ad says, although there’s no mention about mileage or whether the Jeep has had any mechanical restoration.

The asking price of $32,950 seems pretty aggressive, although the Commando is a sought-after model by Jeep collectors, especially for a stock-condition 4X4 that has not been messed with.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.
  1. We live in Green Valley, Arizona. Our daughter and her family live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. We just left there, and are back in Az. We looked at a 69 Commando that was rebuilt, red color. They were asking 13,000. Your pictures look great, but, what is you best price? We would be bring it to Az. Thank you for any reply! Larry Martin

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