Lot 265 - 1986 Jeep CJ-7
|Odometer reading||51,420 miles|
|Result||Sold - £8,490|
The Willys Jeep (later Kaiser Jeep or AMC Jeep) is the civilian version of the Willys military Jeep of World War II. The first Willys CJ prototype (the CJ-2) was introduced in 1944 and the same basic vehicle remained in production through seven variants and three corporate parents through 1986 when production of the Jeep model was officially ended. The Jeep CJ-7 and Jeep CJ-8 were replaced in 1986 by the similar-looking Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep CJ-7 featured a wheelbase 10" longer than that of the CJ-5 and lacked its trademark rear curve of the door cut-outs. To help improve vehicle handling and stability, the rear section of the chassis stepped out to allow the springs and shock absorbers to be mounted closer to the outside of the body.
Presented in blue with grey trim, this late UK supplied 1986 CJ-7 was one of the last built. According to the previous owner, this is a Renegade specification example which was initially restored prior to 1998. Sitting on two inch wider than stock arch extensions and Sahara deep dish wheels with BFG mud terrain tyres and raised Rancho shocks. In 2008, an AC 5.0 litre V8 engine was purchased to replace the 4.2 litre and circa £9,000 was spent with AC Automotive having it rebuilt and installed it with all new pistons, a Holley injection system costing £2,400 and a further £2,000 spent on a custom stainless steel exhaust system and a new radiator. It was then decided to have the car taken back to bare metal and repainted in an original Jeep colour – a further £3,500! New seats and half doors were supplied and fitted from the US and an occasional soft top is supplied. Currently showing 51,420 miles however, the new engine was fitted at 36,000 miles (just 15,000 miles since engine rebuild). This Jeep is offered with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until July 2023 but will require recommissioning to be fully roadworthy.
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