Final Production Month: 1986 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade

This 1986 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade is a super clean survivor that spent much of its life being towed behind an RV. The seller notes it remains in clean condition throughout with a beautiful “Honey Denim” interior and a hardtop that has never been removed. The Jeep was produced near the very end of CJ-7 production, and the seller speculates its place on the assembly line may make it one of the closest to the last trucks made. Does the final production month add any value to this already impressive Renegade? Find it here on eBay with bids reaching $14K and no reserve.

One of the pleasant surprises about the 1999 BMW M3 convertible I bought over the summer as a project was learning it was a final production month car. I suppose there’s some attraction to this because of a few reasons: one, BMW hopefully had most of the bugs worked out and was building the cars to a pretty high level at that point; and two, because people tend to get misty-eyed when thinking about the swan song of an enthusiast vehicle they were sad to see go into retirement. Final production month examples of vehicles with a loyal following will likely always be in demand.

And really, final production month or not, this Jeep is a keeper. The Honey Denim interior is gorgeous, with virtually no signs of wear or abuse. The seller says true mileage is unknown, which is a shame, as it’d certainly make this Renegade package Jeep even more attractive. The interior is equipped with air conditioning and a factory radio, both of which still work, along with a CB radio under the dash. The seller points out that the hardtop has never been removed and that it still has all of the retainers located on the windshield frame and hardtop itself. The Jeep has P/S, P/B, and a tilt wheel.

Despite being quite fresh with no major issues, the seller has made some mechanical improvements. These include new coolant hoses, carburetor, front brake pads, and rotors. The wheels were also refinished and mounted on new tires, and the seller notes this Renegade is equipped with a Dana 44 rear end. He has witnessed no oil leaks in his garage but does advise that the pilot bearing is getting noisy. Some rock chips are noted in the windshield frame from its years of being towed, but overall, these are all very minor nits to pick on this survivor-grade Renegade package Jeep CJ-7.

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Comments

  1. grant

    It’s gorgeous, but remember the suspension’s got the Jeep’s mileage plus however many miles it was towed.

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  2. local_sheriff

    Closest thing I’ve owned to this is a TJ and while they are technically more modern vehicles they still follow the same receipt. I’m so grateful AMC and later Chrysler would stay true to the ‘retro’ design of the original Jeep – decades before the term ‘retro’ was invented…!

    A CJ like this must be the 4×4 world’s answer to the VW Beetle – you don’t even need be a gear head to love it, it has truckloads of charm, and parts prices/ availability will be BETTER than a modern day car – and will remain so also AFTER your ’20 pod has gone to the crusher.

    My only surprise was to learn its top has never been off – WHAT?!? IMHO that’s half the fun of owning a Wrangler! ­čśä

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  3. Bob McK Member

    If this were red, it would be coming home.

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  4. chrlsful Member

    engine? I, personally, can’t tell frm pic…
    2.5 – 5L
    transmis?
    3, 4, or 5 speed mani?
    Thnx~

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