It's hard to have more fun on four wheels than with a Jeep CJ7, especially one as dialed-in as this 1981 white-on-tan beauty. With a great paint job and a strong 304 V8 engine mated to a rather rare automatic transmission, it's barely seen a gravel road, let alone serious off-roading, but it's ready, willing, and able to take on any condition you put in front of it.
We're finally getting to the point where these CJs are legitimate collector's items, but you'll probably discover that very few are restored to a level worth showing-off outside of the trails. It was repainted some time not too long ago and has a great shine and very solid bodywork that suggests this Jeep has always been loved, and even though it's not perfect and has a few signs of use, you'll never hesitate to hop in and have some fun anytime. The CJ's shape is unmistakable, especially with the step bars and roll bar in place, and thanks to that bright white paint job, shiny diamond-plate body armor, and a set of black fender flares, it looks incredible. With professional workmanship throughout and recent receipts to the tune of almost $7k, it feels tight and fits together quite well, and while a lot of these CJs led hard lives, this one has obviously been taking it easy and staying out of the mud since the work was completed. Heck, some Jeep guys might scoff at how bright and shiny this one is, but with big chrome roll bumper up front, iconic driving lights and fog lights, and a slightly aggressive look on those oversized all-terrain tires, I don't think anyone will question its off-road credentials.
Inside, this one is almost too nice to venture into the dirt, with fresh tan Bestop high-back buckets up front, along with a matching tan Bestop rear bench out back that look like they've barely seen anything scarier than a dusty pair of jeans. There's also matching tan carpets on the floors that insulate the tub – an elegant rarity against the usual bedliner-lined floors found in CJs – and even the black dash pad is a really cool piece offering dual cupholders up against the fold-down windshield. The gauges look stock and are in their stock configuration, save for an auxiliary temperature gauge discreetly attached below, and the entire dash was panted white to match the body with the chrome gauge bezel really helping it pop. There's a modern retro-style stereo in the stock location of the dash, although it looks like you'll have to add some speakers if you really want some open-air tunes, while a rather rare and 100% stock Jeep steering wheel is joined on the column by the shifter that manages the automatic transmission below. Of course, a bikini top make this a perfect beach cruiser with some all-weather capabilities, going a long way towards civilizing the all-purpose Jeep. And even though CJs don't have a ton of room inside, the rear cargo area does have enough room for some light luggage or car show accessories, and it too was covered in matching tan carpets for a very complete look.
In 1981, most Jeeps were getting wheezing six cylinder engines which didn't do much to move them through the mud with tall tires. That's all been remedied here thanks to the muscle-bound 304 cubic inch V8 which exhibits a serious excess horsepower and torque. Recently rebuilt (less than a year ago), it's nestled neatly in the engine bay and fitted with a freshened carburetor, newer wiring and hoses, and newer power steering and power front discs brake systems, so it's ready to rock today. Stock-style headers dump directly into a mellow-sounding exhaust system that tucks up into the frame so no worries about ground clearance, and there's even a catalytic convertor still on hand should your state require any emissions testing, although at this age it's likely doubtful. When the motor was rebuilt the transmission was as well according the receipts we have on hand, and that 3-speed automatic transmission and 2-speed transfer case are perfect companions for someone actually looking to drive and enjoy their Jeep regularly. The reworked power front disc brakes are responsive and with power steering, those giant 31-inch Yokohama tires wrapped around chrome Laredo-style wheels are easy to manage no matter where you are.
A muscle car for the dirt? You'd better believe it. Not many CJs get refinished to this level, so when you find one this nice, don't hesitate. Call today!