For pure off-roading fun, there’s still only one Jeep. Vehicles like this ultra-clean and entirely stock 1986 CJ7 Renegade have been a staple of having fun in the mud for decades, and even with all of today’s technology and performance, they’re still the vehicle to beat when the trail truly turns against you.
Finding an all-steel CJ that hasn’t been bashed to death on the rocks, modified beyond recognition, or eaten alive by the tinworm is no easy task, yet this handsome black Jeep shows off its original bodywork with pride. Sure, it’s probably gone to a few remote places, but nobody has abused this Jeep, and the extra details throughout indicate that someone truly loved it. The paint has a great shine that will be easy to clean and wears high-visibility "RENEGADE" graphics that work really well on the black bodywork. With basic panels and no doors, there aren’t really any panel gaps to align, but the hood snugs down easily with the chrome latches, and the drop-down tailgate is in excellent condition with none of the usual rust issues. The front bumper is fitted with an auxiliary receiver hitch, so you can connect a variety of attachments (think: winch) and the rear is a heavy-duty step piece that looks seriously butch. Rubber fender flares cover the tires and keep the mudslinging to a minimum, and you’ll probably want to lower the windshield for the full frontal experience.
Inside, it’s rugged and basic, with black vinyl BestTop seats designed to be cleaned with a hose. Heavy-duty floor mats are there for the same reason, but that doesn’t mean the CJ is bereft of comfort and convenience features. There’s a full array of gauges, which are critical when you’re out in the wilderness, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo that still sounds decent, even in the wide-open Jeep’s cabin, and a cool engine-turned dash panel and glove box door. The bikini top is relatively easy to remove and stow and it offers a modicum of protection from the weather and sun but doesn't get in the way of the fun. The floors are painted for easy maintenance and the back seat is set up for two, so bring some friends when you head out into the dirt to play.
Power comes from AMC’s durable and reliable 2.5 cubic inch four-cylinder engine, which admittedly doesn’t win any horsepower contests, but when you’re going off-road, horsepower isn’t exactly what you need or want. Instead, you want a smooth flow of power (which this engine delivers), good low-speed torque (in spades), and bullet proof reliability (check). It’s all original and nicely maintained, and again there are signs that this Jeep was not abused or neglected, and there’s a lot of new stuff under the hood, including a fresh carburetor. Underneath, it’s extremely solid with a stock 4-speed gearbox, 2-speed transfer case, and stout axles at both ends, all of which make this CJ highly maneuverable in the brush. It’s not all jacked up and even the exhaust system is a stock setup complete with catalytic converter, more proof that this Jeep lived most of its life on pavement. Handsome factory wheels dress it up and wear big 33x12.50x15 off-road radials.
Go ahead, just try to find a CJ7 Renegade this nice that's also this affordable. Now try to find one that remains as-built and beautifully maintained with no stories attached. The class just got a lot smaller. Call today!