Long hauler: Jeep Scrambler pickup is extended-wheelbase CJ

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Jeep Scambler is a rarely seen pickup that's had a boost in popularity

Plastered with groovy graphics that proclaim loud and clear, “I am from the ’80s,” the Pick of the Day is a 1983 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler, an extended-wheelbase CJ pickup truck and a model that has been gaining popularity among car collectors.

That could have something to do with Jeep’s 2020 Gladiator that adds a pickup bed to a 4-door Wrangler, which is credited with raising interest in the original version Scrambler. 

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Scrambler is also such a cool name for a go-anywhere 4X4 that can scramble over boulders and such.  Although, it also could evoke the image of somebody making eggs for breakfast.

Whatever, it’s an intriguing blast from the not-too-distant past, joining the parade of newer classics that appeal to the younger generations.  It also could be just the thing for a great off-road adventure with plenty of room for gear. 

“You are looking at an absolutely stunning ’83,” says the Chapin, South Carolina, dealer advertising the Jeep on ClassicCars.com.  “Sprayed in a very nice coat of beige, the exterior is sure to grab attention as it pairs perfectly with the vinyl decals.

“The exterior then flows right inside to a sharp-looking new tan vinyl interior that aims to please.”

The vinyl decals mimic one of the original motifs for the Scrambler, which was produced from 1981 through 1986.  They add quite a bit to the appeal.

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The Scrambler was derived by adding 10 inches to the CJ7 wheelbase and another 10 inches to the rear overhang.  While obviously not designed to haul big loads of lumber or supplies, the Scrambler was a fun way to own a capable vehicle for both work and play.

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The Jeep is powered by the durable 258cid inline-6 engine, which the dealer believes came with the pickup from the factory, coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission and the sturdy 4-wheel drive for which Jeeps are best known.

The Scrambler also has power steering, air conditioning, AM/FM CD audio and a fresh set of Mickey Thompson all-terrain tires.   The driven mileage is not indicated in the ad, although the dealer says, “This Jeep runs like a top with no end in sight.”

The asking price is $24,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

2 COMMENTS

  1. As I was reading about this very fine example, I was concerned that the price would be high and if/when it sold it would be relegated to a collection and never be driven. But when I got to the asking price and looked at the pictures I was encouraged that it would be driven and enjoyed as it was designed.

  2. Why do such a beautiful job on the Jeep’s exterior and leave the engine room and the bed such a mess. I thought it would be a good car show drive until I viewed The Classic Cars write up. Such a shame.

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