These days there are a slew of “fancy” SUVs that sport off-road buttons and rarely leave the pavement. While they are great for soccer moms, real off-road fanatics yearn for something beefier and more capable. Like this 1967 Kaiser M715 with a 1980’s Oldsmobile 350 cubic-inch V8. It just screams: “I want to get dirty.”
This fine example of what an off-road vehicle SHOULD be was recently sold on an eBay auction for an absurdly low $9,700. It is a recent restoration with 42″ Super Swampers TSL tires. Besides the sharp exterior there has been plenty of work done on the mechanically side with new wheel cylinder, brake springs, brake shoes and master cylinder. It has power steering, closed knuckle Dana 60 in the front and 70 in the rear. The owner believes it has a 5.10 gear ratio in the rear that is sure to provide plenty of torque for crawling. Sadly, the new engine is mated to an automatic transmission.
On the inside, the original seats were covered in vinyl and moved to the bed. They were replaced with with a tan cloth bench seat.
The owner says this is the perfect vehicle for hunting, muddin’, beachin’ or anyone looking for a unique vehicle. Many times people drive by his house to just see it and it turns heads while driving down the street.
If you haven’t heard of this vehicle, you aren’t alone. The military commissioned Kaiser to make an official Jeep branded product, the M715 between 1967 and 1970 according to the owner. They only made about 30,000 originally and it is estimated that only 4000 are left in existence (most rusted in fields). The vehicle runs, drives and stops (Stops really well). The vehicle is registered and insured in Texas (No valid inspection).
Too bad it sold. We would have loved to take this beast for a spin!