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With only about 100 of these rolling off the assembly line, this rare limited edition 1971 Jeep Hurst Jeepster is now available on Craigslist.
If collecting rare and historic cars is your passion then this is the right time and place for you. There’s a super rare Limited Edition 1971 Jeepster Hurst waiting for you on Craigslist.
Barn Finds spotted this rare gem which is unlike any other Hurst and it makes for a charming piece of Jeep's history. It will set you back by only $18,999 but requires a lot of TLC to bring it back to its original beauty. Here goes all the details.
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One of the scarcest of all Jeeps, the 1971 Jeepster Hurst came based on the Jeepster Commando and debuted for a single model year in 1971. Each one of them came with a four-wheel-drive and 160-horsepower 3.7-liter 2-barrel “Dauntless” Buick V6 motor. The power goes to the wheels via a three-speed Hydra-Matic transmission and a dual-range transfer case. This is not the classic car to race in considering it can do a quarter-mile in 18-20 seconds and with a top speed of about 93 MPH.
But with a max torque at 2,000 RPM, it can do what all Jeeps are good at which is climb harsh terrain with ease.
When Jeep launched the 1971 Hurst Jeepster with its Hurst shifter, they wanted to make 500 such examples. The cold reception dropped this figure to 100. With only about 65 surviving today, this is a rather rare classic to own.
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At launch, the Hurst Jeepster came only in Champagne White with red and blue stripes running down it in a very patriotic show of colors. The steel wheels were wider and came with full covers while the hood scoop had a tachometer. A special roof rack and accent badges were part of the whole package.
The seller meanwhile doesn’t say much about the car. However, they have uploaded plenty of pictures. It’s through these pictures you get to know that the scoop is missing the tachometer and there’s rust on the lower tailgate. The engine looks okay but we don't know if it turns.
There is some paint deterioration as well but not as bad as it can be for a vehicle that’s more than 50 years old. The interior comes in black vinyl but needs definite sprucing up given the paint chips on the inside and the flaws in the seat.
As is with any classic vehicle, it’s best to do a personal visit before making a purchase.
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