Jeep CJ-8 (Scrambler) 1983

Details about this Classic Car Jeep CJ-8 (Scrambler) 1983

The Jeep CJ, or Civilian Jeep, was the civilian version of the iconic military jeep used in World War II produced by Willys. The (CJ-8) Scrambler was a pickup truck version of the CJ-7, introduced in 1981. It featured a 103-inch (2,616 mm) wheelbase and a pickup bed. Only 27,792 were built in the five years of production before being replaced by the similarly-sized Comanche. Jeep was owned by the American Motors Corporation when the CJ-8 debuted in 1981, however the idea originated not from AMC, but from Brian Chuchua, owner of a Jeep dealership in Placentia, California. He grafted a separate cargo bed onto a CJ-7, along with a fiberglass hardtop shell for work around the dealership. The Scrambler did not come with AMC's all-wheel drive Quadra-Trac system, it was equipped with the regular transfer case and locking hubs to manually throw the vehicle into four-wheel drive, it was incredibly versatile in off-road situations. The Scrambler could be ordered with the AMC 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine; a 4.2-liter straight-six; the hefty 5-liter V-8 or a 2.3-litter Isuzu diesel.

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan also owned a blue Scrambler and used it on his California "Rancho del Cielo" property with the license plate "Gipper".


Our Scrambler went through a nuts and bolts restoration in the Nostalgia Classic Cars restoration workshop by our highly skilled team of professionals. It has the 4.2-liter inline six engine with 110 hp, manual gearbox and 11,000 miles on the clock.

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