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The Commando C104

• CATEGORIES: Features, Jeepster

A reader had asked me about the use of Inline 6s on early Jeepsters, so I found the answer on Wikipedia.  I left the page open while I went to lunch and when i came back, I noticed something I hadn’t notice earlier, a picture of the Commando C104 and it’s unusual grille.  I was used to seeing the Commando with the standard jeep/tines grille.  But, the 20,000 or so C104s that were built have a full-size grille that, at first glance, looked to me like it was borrowed from a Bronco.

Anyway, maybe you all knew this, but it was a surprise to me.  Below are some pics that show the evolution of the front of a Jeepster/Commando.

1948 2WD 4 cyl Willys Jeepster (aka VJ-2):

1949 2WD 4 & 6 cyl Willys Jeepster (aka VJ-3):

1950 2WD 4cyl & 6cyl Willys Jeepster (1951 Jeepsters are left overs from the 1950 production year).  These were also known as the VJ-3 463 (4cyl) and VJ-3 663 (6cyl) for part of the year and then the model was changed to VJ-473 (4cyl)  and VJ-673 (6cyl):

1966-1971 Kaiser Jeep’s “Jeepster Commando” Model C-101 (4wd).  There were several different models, but they all appear to have the same front as best as I can tell.

2 1972 Commando C-104s:  The top Commando has a chromed front and the bottom Commando’s front has been modified (and is for sale now).

 

4 Comments on “The Commando C104

  1. Bob

    I never liked the very last commando with the flat front chrome grille look. It just took away from the “Jeep” look of them too much. I don’t think they were popular with the general public either, as they went out of production before too long. Have you ever seen the “Colorado” conversion to a late 60s Jeepster? They put a standard CJ5 front clip on them…they look very cool.

  2. deilers

    I can’t remember seeing the “colorado” conversion, but it sounds interesting …

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