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Jeepsters in Spain:
On the Road in a VIASA Commando


Jerome's CommandoJérôme Bignon lives in France and owns a Jeepster "Comando" manufactured in Spain. He sent along these photos which I thought were worth another "Jeeps in Spain" page. Click any of the photos to see a larger version (50K JPEG).

Translated from French, Jérôme comments, "My Jeepster is equipped with a hardtop which I have removed. I drive it in the southwest of France near Toulouse and on trips into Spain. The summer in this part of France is very hot, and when it rains (it is rare) I put on a poncho!"

See also a photo from Keith Ross of a Spanish Commando with the hardtop installed (30K JPEG), under restoration by Yves Haenen in Belgium.

"The Jeepster was built in Spain by VIASA and then EBRO, from about 1974 to 1982. There were two models, a convertible and a hardtop. The 1982 hardtop (30K JPEG) had the extended plastic roof (I wouldn't want to say 'bathtub').
 

Commandos"The Spanish convertible (seen in the brochure photo at left) is different from the American C101 version, because the soft top is the same size as the hardtop, while on the C101 sport convertible the top is shorter with a trunk behind. To my knowledge a pickup version was never built in Spain. Datsun (Nissan) later distributed the Nissan Patrol in Spain under the same name."
 

"The gasoline-powered version used the Hurricane engine of 2200 Cm3, 72 horsepower, and there were two diesel versions: one with the Barreiros two-litre C-65 of 65 horsepower (Spanish manufacture) and the other with the Perkins engine of 72 horsepower.

"My Comando is equipped with the 4-cylinder Perkins diesel with a gearbox with four speeds plus reverse. It cruises at 105km/h (or 65 mph) and consumes 12 liters of diesel for 100km (approx. 19.5 miles per US gallon.)"

The roadIn the sand
 
"The Jeepster was originally built on the frame of a CJ-6 Jeep (the long version of the CJ-5). It's very pleasant to drive -- I have also a 1956 M38A1 so I can recognize the difference! My Jeepster carries TT Hankook RT 01 tires, which enable it to climb trees! The only problem is that the car is a little long so that on slopes it sometimes touches a little. With 4 large brake drums it slows down well."

Water crossing
 

Thanks to Jérôme Bignon for the information and photos. -- Derek Redmond

Eslewhere on the web, see the website of the Club Jeep Comando de España.


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