Is It The Best? 1967 Jeepster Survivor

We always appreciate survivor submissions like this one from Barn Finds reader Dean. This 1967 Jeepster has just over 6,000 miles on it and it’s pretty easy to believe that is the actual mileage one you look over the pictures. It’s listed for sale here on collectorcarads.com and is located in Festus, Missouri. The price is a steep $52,000, but before you dismiss that as way too high take a good look at this survivor.

I’ve only ever seen a few Jeepsters with these wheel covers, which I believe were originally a GM design but were modified for Jeep use. And how about that color scheme? Whitewall tires on a Jeep? Of course, the Jeepster wasn’t intended for the same target customer as a CJ5, but still?

Oh my gosh, is that a continental kit I see on the rear of this fully outfitted car? I believe it is! And yes, it is a factory fitment — only on the “Commando Convertible Deluxe” model (you can read about the restoration of a similar vehicle here).

I think the continental kit suits the car. Honest, I do. The Jeepster didn’t really fit into any specific genre or market — you can view it as a compromise between a lot of different things, or just enjoy it like I do in it’s own quirkyness. There’s a heavy dose of “why not” in any Jeepster, and this one takes it to the max!

Naturally, with only 6,000 miles, the interior looks pretty great as well. I think I would have tried harder to clean things up, though, if I were asking $52,000 for a car. Maybe a $200 detail service?

Jeep “borrowed” the Buick V6 for this application and called it the Dauntless engine. Not a bad choice when you think about it, as it offers a nice mix of power and economy befitting this in-between vehicle. Kudos for having a picture with the engine running as well (look at the alternator). I may not be sure it’s worth this much money, but I am positive I’d like to have this unusual vehicle in my garage! How about you?

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Comments

  1. Papa Martin

    So maybe I’m being a bit to citical, but look at the wear in the carpet under the gas pedal where you would rest the heal of your foot. In only 6000 miles? I don’t know, maybe but…. Still a great find though.

    • Mark Vilbert

      That is not wear your rest nor is it wear – it was actually cut when installed. Actually it is from the floor mounted pedestal. There is a small metal platform on the welded on the floor. However they did not start putting the pedestal mounted pedal in until early 70. This 1967 being the first year, it appears they just cut the carpet to make it sit in that corner – it was supposed to be covered by the floor mounted pedal. It is not wear. I can send you a close up and a pic of the later style pedal on one my 1971’s if you wish.

  2. stillrunners LAWRENCE Member

    Nice and I like….$52,000 like….no at that price.

  3. Joe Haska

    Jamie, I have nothing to add, I agree 100% with all your comments, even the continental kit! I can’t ever remember seeing one this nice when they were new!

  4. Classic Steel

    Wowsa this is a fine Jeep Jeep
    But alas 52000 and me wanting to retire someday!

    Good luck on the sale!

  5. Francisco

    That battery cutoff switch indicates to me that something is drawing power while the vehicle is parked. Could it be a minor (or major) short or wiring problem?

    • jdjonesdr

      Either that or disconnected because it sat for long stretches of time.

      • Mark Vilbert

        That is not where your foot rest nor is it wear – it was actually cut when installed. It is from the floor mounted pedestal. If you look close, there is a small metal platform on the welded on the floor. However they did not start putting the pedestal mounted pedal in until early 70. This 1967 being the first year, it appears they just cut the carpet to make it sit in that corner – it was supposed to be covered by the floor mounted pedal. I can send you a close up and a pic of the later style pedal on one my 1971’s if you wish.
        There is no battery cut-off – it is an old fashioned battery terminal

    • JunkFixer

      I was employed by a classic car dealer many years ago. All showroom vehicles had battery disconnect switches installed before they came inside for more than a day. The dealership owner didn’t trust antique wiring and ammeters, not to mention potential unseen rodent damage. I remember thinking “How very sensible of him” rather loudly indeed.

      The owner of this Jeepster is likely being just as sensible. I don’t store any of my vehicles with the batteries connected either.

      • Francisco

        I have the switch on each of the three batteries in my motor home, as well as the batteries in my boat, and my tractor.

  6. FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972 Member

    Outstanding condition and well dressed but $52,000? I’m sure any car guy could think of something much better for that kind of money.

  7. Rube Goldberg Member

    For the time, this was the most civilized Jeep you could buy. It literally paved the way for modern SUV’s. Too bad Jeep was in uncharted territory, and few took advantage of this great Jeep. Jeeps, for most, still conjured up images of gas station plow trucks or battle weary trucks bouncing over rocks,,, and such. $52g’s,,,, I guess that says it all. I’m sure it’s legit, but at that price, sadly, it will go in someone’s garage and sit some more, when a Jeep like this could easily be used today.

  8. Uncle AL

    $52,000 ? I just bought a home foreclosure for that amount….probably will make $40,000 when I flip it ! can never make a $4.00 profit on that car, much less $40,000…..SFB !

  9. P l Windish

    Nice, neat looking Jeepster, but no Jeepster is worth that kind of money the seller is seeking. I love the early Jeepsters, 49-52 models and might do one as a restoration project some day in my retirement.

  10. Mark Vilbert

    Are you aware that a jeepster convertible has sold for much more than this already? One sold at Barratt Jackson for 88,000. Lot #1557 1967 JEEP JEEPSTER COMMANDO CONVERTIBLE

    • Barney wilkins

      Not so much wanting to get into an argument about this vehicles value but I would never use BJ Scottsdale results as a barometer of what a vehicle is worth. On several occasions I have seen cars bought in Scottsdale back on the market a few months later at a much lower price. BJ Scottsdale is mostly a combination of drinks and a mine is bigger than yours attitude.

  11. Mike S

    My cousin and I used to drive around the back of a dealership in Sheffield Lake Ohio and look at a Jeepster that had a hurst Dual Gate shifter in it and what we had thought was a Machine hood scoop on it ( my cousin owns two machines). We couldn’t believe that someone would cut up a Machine scoop to put it on a Jeepster. It’s too bad we didn’t know what it was then, we would have pressed to find out how much they wanted for it. It was back there for a couple years.
    That was the only Jeepster I ever really liked.

  12. Mike A

    I just don’t understand why people price based mileage ALONE. At the end of the day it’s still a Jeep. Lets see…$52,000 for a early 60’s Corvette…or a Jeepster with a block of cheese on the back ? Hhhmmm. What to do ?

  13. Mike A

    Lot #1557 was owned by celeb Alan Jackson who did a $100k body off restoration before he sold it. I guess I could buy this and Conway Twitty’s Bronco for a cool $200k, and dump that worthless Superbird….LOL.

  14. Larry

    Mark, Look again, that is a battery disconnect. You unscrew the GREEN knob and it cuts the power. Have the same type on my tractors. Old fashioned battery terminals didn’t have Green Knobs on them……Just saying.

    • britcarguy

      If you paid more than a dollar for one of these green knob battery switches at the local flea market, you paid too much. Very cheaply made in China and prone to fail and you may not know it. If you want a real disconnect switch, spend some more and get a Hella.

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