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1971 Hurst Jeepster Commando. 

A little outside my range of what I normally post age wise, but they were definitely neat looking with the stripes, hood scoop with 8000 rpm tach, Hurst badging and Goodyear Polyglas performance tires. And did I mention they were rare? How rare is still debated, but 100 units seems to be the number thrown around most often on the internet, yet I’ve seen other numbers list 102 known survivors, 73 automatics and 29 manuals! Using a moderate 50% attrition rate through the years, 200 production units would probably put you in the ballpark number wise. 

If you know anything about Hurst and the vehicles they were associated with back in the day such as the 1968 Lightweight Hemi Cuda/Darts, Hurst/Olds, SC/Rambler, Chrysler Hurst 300, and the Pontiac Grand Prix Hurst SSJ, then you quickly realize what an oddball the little Hurst Jeepster Commando was. It wasn’t exactly a powerhouse of performance with just the V6 Dauntless motor and it didn’t smack you upside the head visually with just the white paint, stripes and non-functioning hood scoop. Was Kaiser hoping for a prestige type model with the Hurst Jeepster Commando?  Another interesting bit of trivia, it was Hurst and Kaiser that designed this model, but Kaiser was bought out by AMC in 1970 before it made it into production. I wonder if the Hurst Jeepster Commando got lost in the transistion and consolidation of Kaiser into AMC?