By the late sixties, consumer interest in off-road activities had grown in leaps and bounds, with the Kaiser-Willys Jeep leading the way. Four-wheel drive vehicles were more popular than ever. At this time, newly-founded American Motors Corporation was looking to expand their product line.
Seeing the rising demand for off-road vehicles, AMC purchased Kaiser-Jeep in 1970. Through the next 17 years, the Jeep CJ was offered in a wide array of trim packages and special editions.
The CJ7 marked the first significant change in 20 years. Introduced in 1976, the longer wheelbase (about 10”) allowed fitment of an automatic transmission. Along with full-time Quadra-Trac 4WD, more interior space, an optional molded plastic top, steel doors and air conditioning, the CJ7 was a big leap forward in comfort and day-to-day practicality.
The CJ7 was one of the most successful Jeep models, with numerous special packages. Close to 400,000 were produced by the time it was discontinued in the eighties.
This later UK Right Hand Drive example was first registered in September 1982, more recently forming part of a small collection of classic cars, and used sparingly when weather permits. The CJ-7 is fitted with the lighter and more fuel efficient 2.5l 4 cylinder engine, and is showing a very sensible 70,000 miles recorded. Supplied with the requisite weather gear for taking on the British summer, this is a really well presented example which we are sure will provide many fun days out for the lucky next owner.