Somewhere between mean trail machine and cool boulevard cruiser
lies this 1985 Jeep CJ7 Renegade. With a bold paint package, full
hardtop/doors, and overall rugged 4x4 prowess, this icon can truly
do everything it was built for. And it does this while fitting in
The CJ7 is the quintessential Jeep, combining the classic upright
grille, topless fun, and a rugged demeanor. This one really
showcases that with a glossy and bold red that looks like it's
fresh from a solid investment. In fact, there's only about 6k miles
on it since the restoration. The red also makes for a great canvas
for the contrasting black on the bumper, fender flares, hood
latches, and side mirrors. Plus, the black hardtop with tinted
windows fits in nicely with this theme, too. And the custom
Renegade lettering on the hood not only coordinates with the black,
but also the silver outline sets up the full striping package. And
while this all looks great, the lifted stance, upgraded 15-inch ION
alloys, and swing-away hatch with full-size spare are always
reminders that this CJ is a serious 4x4.
The hardtop and full doors mean this one buttons-up nicely, but we
all really enjoy it when these Jeeps are open to the world. So it's
nice to see the full black package that coordinates so well with
the exterior accenting. Nearly everything looks new, including the
black vinyl seating. This combines with the liner paint on the
floor to deliver a rugged package that's easy to keep clean. But
more than just out on the trail, this one is ready for a night on
the town, too. Those front bucket seats have terrific bolstering.
Plus, there are nice upgrades like the cup holder center console
and provisions for an AM/FM Bluetooth stereo. Plus, the upgraded
wood-rimmed steering wheel, tall gearstick, and full gauge package
w/tach keep you in command at all times.
Under the hood is Jeep's hardy 258 cubic-inch inline-six motor.
It's a long established powerplant for Jeep that has proven its
reliability, and you can instantly see there has been a nice
investment in this one. Plenty of added flair, good belts, and a
tidy setup make it easy to show off. But what you'll really love
are the improvements in quality, including the upgraded air intake,
HEI ignition, dual master cylinder, newer water pump, and an
aluminum radiator. The motor proves its robustness from the moment
it fires up easily, and it feels smooth shifting into four-wheel
drive. The four-speed manual transmission is great no matter if you
need a low gear for rock crawling or instant performance on the
highway. Plus, power steering and power brakes w/discs up front are
welcomed in all conditions.
This is an icon that's been restored to be both admired and
enjoyed. That makes for a total package CJ7 that's up for grabs.