Kaiser Jeep was the result of the merger between the Kaiser Motors, an independent automaker, and the Willys-Overland Company. Founded by John North Willys, Willys-Overland had survived WWII by producing the Jeep vehicle for the armed forces.
Introduced in 1962 for the 1963 model year, the Gladiator was a conventional body on frame pick-up design that shared its basic frame architecture and front end with the Jeep Wagoneer four-wheel-drive station wagon. Gladiators were available in RWD and 4WD, with optional dual rear wheels. A remarkable innovation was the available independent front suspension instead of a solid front axle on the 4WD half-ton Gladiator trucks.
A new overhead cam Jeep Tornado 3.8-litre straight-six engine producing 140hp was standard. It was the first production overhead cam engine in an American light truck or SUV and one of the first OHC engines offered by an American manufacturer. Further innovations for four-wheel-drive pick-ups included optional automatic transmission (an industry first), as well as power brakes and power steering.
Description by seller:
Beautiful 1965 4x4 Kaiser Jeep Gladiator in very good condition and running its original AMC inline-6 engine with 3-speed manual gearbox. Car starts up easily and pulls cleanly through all the gears. Gearbox, clutch and drivetrain all in good condition and suspension has no play. 4x4 selector can be a bit tough but does select 4x4. Small oil leak on gearbox. All electricals working.
Recently resprayed to green and white. Body and chassis in very good condition but there are small chips on door paint. Jeep has new headlights and taillights. Seats and side panels recently redone. Carpets redone, seat belts installed (lap straps). Dash original except for added water temp gauge.
Available to view by appointment in Springs.
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