Monday, November 9, 2009

1997 Jeep Comanche - The Coolest Comanche I Have Ever Seen...

The title of this post is not a typo... This is a 1997 Jeep Comanche. I'll explain...

The Jeep Comanche was essentially a pick up truck version of the Jeep Cherokee. Jeep started producing them in 1986. Everything from the dashboard forward was pure Cherokee. The cab, the bed and the rear suspension were unique to the Comanche. In 1992 Jeep discontinued the Comanche.

In 1997 Jeep updated the basic look of the Cherokee. It received a modern dashboard, new tail lights and a slightly rounder front end.

What the owner of this Comanche did was take all the upgrades done to the 1997 Cherokee and apply them to a 1988 Comanche. The engine, transmission, wires, seats, windows, mirrors, front and rear bumper, hood, interior, dashboard, carpet, steering wheel and more come from a 1997 Cherokee. He created a 1997 Jeep Comanche. Not a 1988 with 1997 parts, but a 1997 Comanche... The California DMV, after inspecting the vehicle, decided that the title was going to come out as a 1997 Jeep Comanche.

It's tough to tell from the 4 little Craigslist pictures, but this Jeep looks perfect. The seller is asking $9000.00 for the vehicle. The seller writes, "I know that it might sound like I'm asking for a lot of money, but after you see this truck you'll know that the money for it is well worth it. I promise that you won't see many trucks like this around, if any."

I don't think he's asking a lot... If I had the storage space for a new toy, I'd be on a flight to Los Angeles tomorrow to purchase this truck. I'd drive it back east. This has to be one of the coolest custom jobs I have ever seen. $9000.00 seems like a bargain. (Especially here in New England where the few remaining 4x4 Comanches go for a premium.)

You can find the Craigslist listing here.

7 comments:

Richard said...

The perfect truck. Never understood why Chrysler didn't keep the Comanche going, perfect Ranger competitor and Ford have been selling bucket loads of them for years. Hats off to the guy, he is one talented man!

hoov23 said...

Awesome.

Quantum Joe said...

Wow.

Jon said...

Could this be titled as a 1997 in any other state?

Just A Car Geek said...

Great question, Jon. I don't know.
I guess if you're planning on buying it and don't live in CA, you should check with your local DMV.

Dave

MLoudenbeck said...

Chrysler canceled the Comanche, because they thought it would have detracted from the Dodge Dakota's sells.

Justin said...

Chrysler needs to bring back the Comanche, I know everyone says their not going to because they already have the Dakota and Ram on the Dodge side, but comon! GM didn't discontinue their GMC trucks because they have the Silverado and Colorado on their Chevy side!

I think it would make many many MANY people happy, to Brig back the Comanche as a 6-cylinder or maybe even a 4-cylinder diesel, and bring back the Gladiator with a Normal V8, Hemi, and maybe an optional Turbo Charged Hemi?