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1969 Classic Jeepster Convertible
I'm new to Convertible Jeepsters as I just saw one the other day for the first time and it just happened to be for sale. I immediately researched Jeepster Convertibles and that's how I ended up here. I've been learning about them for the past few days but otherwise know nothing about them. I called the owner from the sign and the owner stated it was a 1969 Jeepster convertible (8701 deluxe model). It has two-tone paint, continental kit rear tire package (with short fiber glass trunk deck with sealed tailgate), aluminum trim molding, Dauntless V-6 engine, automatic transmission, AC, and a manual convertible top with a glass rear window. The owner said the car is stock with low original miles. It's been garaged and rarely driven. I'm intrigued by it but I have no idea what it's worth and can't seem to find anything showing values for this type of car? I learned from another user's post in this forum that only 136 of this model (8701) were made in 1969 and that only 2,885 Classic Jeepster Convertibles of this model were made from 1967-1969. In otherwords they're rare so that's perhaps why it's difficult to find values?
I met the owner to take a closer look at the car and test drive it. It started up and didn't seem to make any odd noises. However, the steering seemed rather clumsy or loose and I had to brake much earlier than I would've in a normal car. I was a bit uncomfortable driving as I wasn't use to this. Are these two issues typical of this car or are these "red flags" something may be problematic? I've tried to research online about the steering but could only find that this car perhaps has original Ross steering but I'm not sure what that means? Also, some posts mention Saginaw steering in other older Jeeps which perhaps was an upgrade to make the steering better? Other than that, all gauges, original Jeep radio, etc... were in working order. The top was in very nice condition as was the paint. I didn't notice any rust anywhere.
My main question (other than what I've asked above) would be: What is a car like this approximately worth today? I realize you'd have to see it and a a buyer should have a mechanic inspect it but from what I saw it's been cared for and shows nicely.
In addition, any thoughts and ideas on maintenance issues/problems with the Jeepster Convertibles I should be aware of, etc...? Thanks for reading my post and advising me if and where possible. I certainly appreciate it.
Last edited by JeepsterEnthusiast; 07-03-2013 at 11:38 PM.