The Jeepster Commando was first produced by Kaiser Motors in 1966 to compete with the Toyota Land Cruiser and Ford Bronco. It was produced in three different models: the pickup truck, convertible, and wagon. The Kaiser line remained in production until about 1969, until American Motors Corporation (AMC) bought Kaiser in 1970. From the time that AMC bought the vehicle line from Kaiser in 1970, the Jeepster Commando C101 (101" wheel base) steadily grew in popularity. In 1972, AMC shortened the vehicle's name to Commando C104 extended the wheel base to 104" and changed the front end design to accept the AMC I6's & V8 304ci similar to the Ford Bronco. The vehicle line, formerly an AMC best seller, quickly dropped in popularity and was taken out of production in 1973 and was replaced with the full size Cherokee. The Jeepster is an ancestor of the modern Jeep family produced by DaimlerChrysler.
There are several Jeepster enthusiast clubs across the United States.
Willys Overland, the original producers of the "Jeep" (originally produced for military use) also produced a "Jeepster" from 1948 until about 1950. This vehicle led to the later Kaiser productions.
Jeep, A subsidiary of Chrysler LLC, road vehicle timeline, 1945–present
|Traditional||CJ-2A||CJ-3A||CJ-3B||CJ-7/8||Wrangler YJ||Wrangler TJ||Wrangler JK|
|Compact SUV||VJ||C101||C104||Cherokee/Wagoneer XJ||Liberty KJ||Liberty KK|
|SUV||Willys Jeep Wagon||G.Cherokee ZJ||G.Cherokee WJ||G.Cherokee WK|
|Wagoneer/Cherokee SJ||G.Wagoneer||Commander XK|
|Pickup||Willys Jeep Truck||Comanche MJ|