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Pick of the Day: 1976 Jeep CJ-7

Ready for a car show more than the trails


A Jeep is one of those classic cars that some people might actually prefer to be a little “rough around the edges,” so they don’t feel bad about taking it off-road for its intended use. On the other hand, there are enthusiasts who demand high-quality regardless of vehicle type. This CJ fell into the hands of one such owner.

The Pick of the Day is a 1976 Jeep CJ-7 listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Davidson, North Carolina. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Jeep was bought from Streetside Classics in their Atlanta showroom,” the seller states. “When I purchased the Jeep, it needed a lot of love and I’ve completed most of the major repairs.”

The seller backs up that statement with a follow-up comment stating that they’ve spent over $22,000 in parts and labor to get the Jeep in tip-top shape. The work was completed by Tarheel 4WD in Midland, North Carolina, and based on the photographs in the listing, this Jeep went from being nice to being exceptional.

The CJ (or Civilian Jeep) has a longstanding role in automotive history, first dating back to the mid-1940s when the Willys Jeep became the first mass-produced four-wheel drive vehicle for the civilian market. The CJ-7 variant came into production several decades later, produced between model years 1976 and 1986. By that time, it had grown 10 inches in wheelbase since the CJ-5 generation and it rode on a chassis that used unique parallel C-section rails.

Today’s feature Jeep had already been upgraded when purchased by the seller. Based on the included photo of the vehicle’s original dealership listing, some of its enhancements included a tubular front bumper, side steps, Renegade-style fender flares, an upgraded rear bumper, front disc brakes, power steering, and Mickey Thompson aluminum wheels on Kanati Mud Hog tires.

Adding to that list, the current seller added a Howell fuel-injection system and performed a great deal of work to the fuel system, audio system, and suspension. Under the hood lives a 350ci small-block Chevrolet V8 that is paired with a three-speed automatic transmission. “You can easily hit 65 mph, and it handles very well at top speeds,” the seller states.

The seller is asking $40,000 for this CJ-7, which includes a bikini top and is about as well-sorted as they come.  

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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