There aren’t too many Jeeps that make a good basis for building your own sporty vehicle. If you’re committed to going to the autocross course in something with Jeep badge on the front, the compact and low to the ground Comanche might just be your best bet. But don’t take it from us, take it from YouTube’s Regular Car Reviews, who recently drove a viewer’s 1991 Comanche with a modified suspension setup built for winding back roads.
The MJ Comanche was offered by AMC with an optional 4.0-liter inline-six and five-speed manual transmission sending power to the rear wheels. This made it perfect for racers in the SCCA Sporttruck series, and as you’ll discover in RCR’s video, some beefed up suspension and brakes can turn even a road-going Comanche into something fit for the road course.
The best part about this build is a cost relatively little to pull off. The hardest part would be finding a Comanche that has been treated as well as the example in the video, but the rest is pretty basic stuff, as you can tell from the parts list within the Road & Track article on this unique Comanche.
See it in action from the point of view of ‘Mr. Regular’ in the video above.