In the early 1970s, Jeep’s stubborn grasp on its transcendental WWII-era design was coming to a dramatic end — further agitated by the acquisition of parent company, Kaiser, by the branch’s new owner, the American Motors Corporation. To provide adequate competition for the period’s top off-road contenders (referencing the likes of the Chevy Blazer, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Ford Bronco), AMC opted to bring the company’s flagship Commando into the modern day.
The 1972 Jeep Commando represented here is one of the earliest variants of the redesigned 4×4, boasting an angular front end that catered to the attractive standard set forth by the company’s competitors. In an attempt to move away from the styling associated with the brand’s early Willys Jeep, AMC took a much more dramatic approach — outfitting the redesigned vehicle with a more powerful 4.9-liter, V8 engine for explicit use on the roadway, alongside the Commando’s already-ambitious off-road capabilities. Producing anywhere from 150- to 210-horsepower (based on package) and 245 lb-ft of torque, the retrofitted Jeep would arrive with an attractively defined powerplant, supplementing its bolstered catalog of body types. WARN Lock-O-Matic front hubs, power brakes, power steering, and air conditioning were also implemented into the new Commando, bringing a handful of highly-anticipated attributes to the Jeep. As an added bonus, the ‘72 is summer-set, boasting a removable hardtop that can be discarded for that coveted pickup-style. The vehicle will be available via RM Sotheby’s during the group’s Auburn Spring auction and is estimated to sell for $20,000+.