Who wants to show up at the autocross in yet another boring, predictable Miata? It’s the safe, expected choice. But there’s another early-’90s platform that’s perfect for the autocross and the canyon road. We’re talking, of course, about the Jeep Cherokee-based Comanche pickup truck.

That’s what Mr. Regular suggests. Because when AMC endeavored to turn the XJ Cherokee’s boxy-wagon body into a short-cab pickup truck, the beleaguered automaker inadvertently made perhaps the most cargo-capable autocrosser ever built. A 4.0-liter Jeep that can handle? You bet your unibody. Here’s the recipe to make your own.

Illustration by David Grimshaw

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