I spend a lot of my time in off-road shops. Even when I am not working on my own rig, I like to see what’s getting wrenched on. You really never know what tip you might learn or cool vehicle you will come across. A great example is this 1971 Jeepster Commando. The Jeep was sitting on the rack at Low Range 4x4 in Wilmington, North Carolina. When I walked back, shop owner Kelly Carter was wrapping up the suspension install. Initially, I was amazed at the great condition, especially for a rig that is over 40-years-old. As he lowered it off the lift, he passed along an interesting tidbit about the previous owner. According to the new owner, Daisy (the Jeep's nickname) belonged to Taylor Swift’s mother. Honestly, I’m not a big Taylor Swift fan, but it does always add a bit of intrigue when a celebrity is tied to a vehicle.
I did a little digging (not much really), and here’s what I have learned so far. Taylor Swift’s mother’s name is Andrea, and she currently resides in Tennessee. The Jeepster has a Tennessee license plate frame. According to the interweb, Swift’s mother was born in 1958. Given that the Jeep was born in 1971, she would have been 13-years-old when the Jeep rolled off of the showroom floor. This makes it unlikely that she was the original owner, but does not rule out her completely. According to a Jeep press release from 2007, Taylor Swift “joins children to help the Jeep® brand celebrate sponsorship of multi-year initiative to re-teach Americans the words to the national anthem.” This partnership could stem from a love of Jeeps, which could have started with her mother’s Jeepster…OK. Maybe I am stretching a bit. I guess I’ll just have to take the story at face value. Regardless if it was or was not Taylor Swift’s mother’s Jeepster, it’s a clean ride, that’s clearly been looked after.