It's obvious that there's a ton of time and money wrapped up in this 1980 Jeep CJ7 Laredo. Two-tone paint, a great running small block V8, and plenty of off-road hardware make this a fun 4x4 that's welcome on the road, on the trail, and at car shows.
The two tone orange and black paint scheme isn't original, but we have to admit that we like the look. Divided by a bright contrasting pinstripe and wearing proper LAREDO graphics on the hood, it has a highly detailed look that's absent on most Jeeps in this price range. The work was done a few years ago so there's evidence that it's been driven and enjoyed, but the overall vibe is a truck that was built to show off, not get dirty. There's little sign that it was ever used off-road, although the equipment like the rubber fender flares, oversized front bumper with built-in KC trail lights, and raised stance certainly suggest that it's got the cojones to do it. A few diamond-plate details make it look robust, and a full-sized spare hangs out back, so it's ready to go out and have an adventure.
The interior is probably original, or at least most of it is. The high-back buckets are still comfortable and the seat covers are in good shape, wearing a tough vinyl that's probably weatherproof. It's got carpets instead of the usual spray-on bedliner, suggesting that it was intended to be a bit more civilized, and it also helps control noise and heat. The factory gauges are still in place in the flat panel of a dash board, and there's a new Grant GT steering wheel, a modern AM/FM/CD stereo head unit, and a tilt steering column to make it comfortable. In back, there's a bench seat for two close friends as well as a custom speaker enclosure that's probably a great thing to have when you're someplace remote having a good time. A bikini top and a set of half doors provide some shelter from the sun and rain, which is really all you need, right? In a Jeep, you need to be a little bit tougher.
In place of the usual six-cylinder engine, this CJ carries a robust 340 cubic inch V8, which, thanks to a 4-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock intake manifold, makes horsepower like a muscle car. There's a mild cam inside, so it has a nice V8 lope to it, and it starts quickly and easily without any special care. It's nicely dressed with a few chrome bits and corporate turquoise engine enamel, and it's nice to see things like power steering in a vehicle with that much tire on the road. The 4-speed manual transmission shifts nicely and with a 2-speed transfer case feeding power to both axles, there's almost nowhere you can't go. Long-tube headers and Flowmaster mufflers reinforce the muscle car feel and as I said, it's pretty darned clean underneath. Recent off-road shocks ensure a great ride and it looks great sitting on those big 16-inch wheels and 265/70/16 BFGoodrich Rugged Trail T/A radials.
Jeeps don't last long around here, and we expect this cool two-tone CJ to disappear quickly, especially at this price. V8 power certainly doesn't hurt, making this one a lot of fun to drive. Call today!