AJ's Car Of The Day: AMC Jeep Hurst Jeepster Commando

Car: AMC Jeep Hurst Jeepster Commando

Year: 1971

What makes it special: The Hurst Jeepster was a joint project between Hurst Performance Products and Jeep engineers. It all began while Jeep was still owned by Kaiser Industries, but the model didn't appear on the showroom floor until after Jeep had been purchased by American Motors Corp. They were a one-year-only model.

What made it famous: The Jeep V8 roadster had rally striping and a hood scoop and was supposed to be an hint of what the future might look like for 4wd fans. It's believed to be the first time an aftermarket performance parts company and a 4wd manufacturer joined forces to create a special model. 

Why I would want one: Not many were built, making them a special interest item, plus it's basically a Jeep V8 hot rod you could play with in the dirt.

Fun fact: The original plan was for Jeep to produce 500 of these special editions consisting of 300 automatics and 200 manual stick shifts, but it's believed that only around 100 ever came off of the assembly line...which makes it a very rare vehicle.