The CJ5 Golden Eagle with a 304 V8 will bring even more $’s! Only built from ‘77 to ‘80. Biggest engine in the smallest body and in a rare option Golden Eagle configuration will be sought after and at the top of the collectors list!
Having owned some sort of Jeep or another for almost as long a @AJAnt , I feel I can attest to their wonderfulness. But as some others point out, not every single Jeep is suited for every single use. There are a ton of models, even having delved up into "semi-luxury" levels, and all the way to down-and-dirty "beat-the-crap-outta-it" examples. When a younger man, I had at least one of the latter, and it was mainly trailered to the trailhead and very seldom saw pavement. As I aged and took on a more "pampered" lifestyle, I bought more comfy, roadworthy models - knowing that even the plushest ones could keep me out of a lot of trouble (especially in winter) if I needed them to.
I've owned 7 or 8 different makes of 4WD vehicles, and multiple models of those makes, and I will stand up and tell any crowd that the one vehicle of any make that I've really felt good about putting my wife in the driver's seat in January, has always said the word JEEP on it.
Sorry but I must disagree. Having made several long distance trips (4,000 miles plus) with a '77 CJ5, a '58 MGA, a '75 TR 6 and a '60 AH 3000 I found the Jeep to be quite tame. The trips were almost identical; Chicago to Montreal to Seattle and back. The exception was the Jeep which took a right in North Dakota and ended in Homer, AK. I sold the Jeep there in 1983 and last saw it in Homer in 2014, still running strong despite having changed hands 5 or 6 times. Only mechanical issue with the Jeep was when it blew a heater hose on the Seward Highway near the Hope Cutoff, stranding my wife for about 12 hours. She was 'rescued' by an old gold miner but that is a story for another time.
What an absurd comment! The Jeep is for hauling farm gear across fields, hauling wood on logging trails, and climbing rocky hills for a view of the river valley below. I would never attempt this in an MG, Triumph, or Alfa Romeo.
Well, sort of...I had a friend who had a Cherokee Limited with some of the plushiest, Park Avenuiest, wussiest stuff on it you ever saw. It was not primarily made for the fields, trails, or hills. The good thing about it, though, is that he knew that if he HAD to go or wanted to go to any of those places, his Jeep would and could do it. Might get a little scratched up and dirty, but it'd do it!
@Stixx - sorry, but nope, I don't understand why you never owned one, and I personally have driven several models (and by-the-way they were all the same "make" - JEEP) a "long way". I have crossed the entire USA from coast to coast, and once drove from Idaho to Saskatchewan, and nearly clear across Canada before returning through the upper continental states. All in Jeeps. And two of those trips were with my wife and two of my grandkids. Once pulling a U-Haul trailer. All very satisfactory trips. Now, these were not CJ's, nor even Wranglers (Cherokee and Liberty), granted. But your claim is "any model", and I am seriously doubting (since you've admitting to never owning one) that you can claim any experience in driving a long way in one. I have, by my estimate, well over 400,000 miles in Jeeps of various models (again, only one make, though). I wouldn't try to take a serious off-road version (and I've had two of those) more than a few miles on the freeway - but I've had many, many miles of very safe and comfortable driving on quite long trips in others, and since my 2008 is sitting out there in the driveway, I guarantee you I'll be doing so again when the opportunity presents itself!
Again, I discourage people from writing with "extreme, all-inclusive" statements. They are too easy to debunk (even if you write them in all caps)...
My father was in the 94th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, 14th Armored Division. He drove peeps throughout the war during the Battle of the Bulge. He told a few stories about his experiences. He was blown out of his peep, shot at by a Panther tank, etc., but he never mentioned anyone "winding up in the hospital" because he couldn't drive a peep.
This was a pretty good coverage of the infamous Jeep CJ-5 with the one exception. When AMC bought the Jeep line in 1971, I believe, they made some important changes for the 1972 line-up. I was working for a Jeep dealer and noticed one day a transport yellow jeep sitting forlorn in a corner of the back lot. I bought it but what did I buy? Anyway, the new thing for 1972 was the Jeep CJ-5 was extended 3 inches and had the 304 AMC V-8. You only had to look at the bottom fender line to see the extension. It also had the t-5 transmission with the Dana 20 transfer case. But getting back to the CJ I had bought. I bought it without front hubs to allow the front end to break in. Put Warns on it later. What was interesting was that it didn't have the standard exhaust manifolds as the other CJ's on the lot. They looked like Headman Hedders! It also had an aluminum intake manifold with a Holly 2 bbl carb. This Jeep was never sold to a civilian except me. It had come from the factory with the goodies in place. It also had a Detroit locker rear 3rd member. I paid a whopping $3200.00 (1972 dollars) for this jeep and I wish I still had it. Owned it for 7 years and I thought I had finally worn it out. Sold it to a friend who promptly totaled it out by running into a tree in the Rocky Mountains. He told me the tree had moved! Aw the misgivings of running off-road! Anyway getting back to the Jeep, I was later told that the factory had played around with several jeeps at the time of doing the V-8 installation and I ended up with one! Hmmm -- - It did run like stink!