Lot 148 - 1973 Jeep Wrangler CJ5
|Odometer reading||82,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,120|
The Willys CJ (later Jeep CJ) or 'Civilian Jeep' is a public version of the famous Willys Military Jeep from World War II. The first CJ prototype (the Willys CJ-2) was introduced in 1944 by Willys, and the same basic vehicle stayed in production through seven variants and three corporate parents until 1986. The Willys CJ-5 (after 1964 Jeep CJ-5) was influenced by new corporate owner, Kaiser and the Korean War M38 Jeep. It was intended to replace the CJ-3B but that model continued in production. The CJ-5 repeated this pattern, continuing in production for three decades while three newer models appeared.
In terms of fun, this Jeep Wrangler must be hard to beat with its out-sized tyres on chrome rims, chrome bumpers and that period feel that came with the end of the Vietnam war. America was in a good mood, the US space station, 'Skylab' reaches its orbit, the Sears Tower is completed making it the world's tallest building and, more importantly for my generation, the Ideal Toy Company debuts the Evel Knievel stunt-cycle. The robust, go-anywhere design made the Jeep Wrangler an instant hit and with the addition of sporty 'tombstone' seating and an up-rated steering wheel, it has 'summer' written all over it. With a chunky five-litre, V8 engine leading to twin side-exit exhausts, the condition is described as very good with no corrosion. It was serviced seven months ago by Jeep specialists and comes with nine months remaining on the MoT test certificate. The driving experience is reported to be enormous fun and I can believe it; for the price of a Metro, go large!
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