JEEP CJ-7 (1976-1986)

by Mark Nobes, chief editor

The CJ series was first developed as a post-war civilian jeep (hence the CJ) and the first models available to the public were the Willys CJ-2A (1944)  and CJ-3A in the 1950's. These were basically public versions of the WWII Willys Military Jeep.

However, it was the CJ-5 (which was introduced in 1954) that became the biggest-selling model, and this went into production until 1983. The body shape remained virtually untouched but it had many mechanical improvements over previous models. 

Jeep CJ-7 Green

Jeep CJ-7 - photo by Hunterz

The fastest-selling model, though, was the CJ-7. It featured automatic transmission and four wheel drive, and the releases of special edition Renegade, Golden Eagle, Laredo and Jamboree models helped it to capture the public's imagination during the 1970's.

The CJ-7 featured the classic, early post-war look, but featured many improvements including a removable hard top, a longer wheelbase (10 inches longer than the CJ-5) and improved handling and stability. This was a fun, all-terrain vehicle. 

Production ceased in 1986 and the CJ-7 was replaced by the Wrangler YJ which was a very different vehicle. In fact, the square headlamps proved unpopular with many Jeep fanatics, which is why the CJ-7 is still considered the best-ever jeep. 

Jeep CJ-5 V6 Red Open Body

Jeep CJ-5 V6 - photo in the Public Domain by Christopher Ziemnowicz

Video: A Nicely Restored Yellow 1976 CJ7 4x4 

1976 Jeep CJ-7 (2871405590)
By dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (1976 Jeep CJ-7) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


79 Jeep CJ-7 (13969258157)
By Greg Gjerdingen from Willmar, USA (79 Jeep CJ-7) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Green Jeep CJ-7 1980s

Public domain image of a green Jeep CJ

1980 Jeep CJ-7 Automatic in Teal Blue

Public domain photo of a 1980 Jeep CJ-7 automatic in teal blue

1980 Jeep CJ7
By Jim Isbell (Author) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Jeep CJ-7 Laredo original white MD-1
By English: CZmarlin — Christopher Ziemnowicz, releases all rights but a photo credit would be appreciated if this image is used anywhere other than Wikipedia. Please leave a note at Wikipedia here. Thank you! (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Jeep CJ -- 03-30-2012
By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


By Will Drachman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons


CJ7 Jeep
Customised CJ-7 by Ca.garcia.s (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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