Future Collectible: 1984 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler

The seller bought this 1984 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler in May of 2020 from California and he is ready to part with it and, apparently, there are lots of people interested in helping him do that. The Jeep is listed here on eBay and the bid price has reached $15,655 with 2 days remaining in the auction. There are 21 bids on this survivor and it is located in Athens, Georgia.

The passenger seat looks nice but the driver seat and multiple tears in the seat bottom, especially the left bolster. The Scrambler has power steering and power brakes and a manual transmission. The fuel gauge is said to not be in working condition and the passenger vent window is missing its knob. The headlight switch knob and steering wheel emblem are also AWOL. A prior owner added a 2-inch lift kit and locking rear hubs. The odometer is stated to read 203,933 miles.

The engine compartment looks unmolested and this Scrambler is equipped with the 4.2 liter inline six-cylinder engine. There is rust along the front of the windshield and the seller provides pictures of the extent of the rust. The rest of the body looks pretty solid and the Jeep may have its original paint.

The Auto History check shows 1 owner and no accidents. The CJ-8 is becoming a collectible with less than 30,000 examples produced during its 5-year production run. This example looks solid and it runs and drives. If you want to join the Scrambler crowd, here is your chance.


  1. LastCJ

    All us Jeep guys are watching this one. Good Scramblers are hard to find even with a rusty windshield and 200k miles. This one appears to have good bones and great patina even with the windshield issue. Hi res and bed (under the mat) pictures would help the auction. Problem might be replacing the windshield and matching the paint to that patina. New buyer could go with a strong cosmetic and mechanical restoration: replacement windshield, complete paint job, and engine rebuild (if needed). BTW, that factory Jeep bed mat is a huge find.

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  2. Evan

    I wouldn’t call this a “future collectible”. It is collectible NOW.

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  3. chrlsful

    I’d want some other tops & doors additionally, needs the bulkhead back, but right motor (4 me). This would B a ‘drive while restore’ (my usual MO) but too steep a starting price. CJ8 (again 2 me) is the only Jeep to have. Assume Evan has seen the prices they go for now too…

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  4. Trevor

    This thing is been rode pretty hard anyone that puts rear hubs on a vehicle to tow dolly to wherever they were going and expecting to break stuff and not drive it out, ask me how I know!ha ha i’ve had an 81 with a 350 in a Muncie Rockcrusher transmission and a 82 with stock running gear lockers and 34×950 super swampers. Only time I ever got stuck is when I couldn’t touch the bottom unbelievable how well it went.

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  5. Will

    haha, people are paying stupid money for anything that rolls

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  6. Eric B.

    The fact that they have a longer wheelbase than a standard CJ makes them considerably more stable on steep inclines. I’ve seen more than one CJ flip front over back climbing up trails..

  7. John

    Future? CJ-8s have been expensive for years.

  8. chillymost1

    I had one of these. Sold it in 1998 for $1,500.00

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  9. Phlathead Phil

    This is a “Quick-Flip” deal. Beware!

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    • Stevieg Member

      You mean “quick-phlip”?
      Sorry…I had to do it.

  10. CJinSD

    Reserve unmet. I suspect the high bidder will be grateful when they sober up. Scramblers are neat, and I think Ronald Reagan had one next between his CJ3 and a BRAT in his barn. I remember the quality and durability of these years of Jeeps from when they were dropping off the road almost thirty years ago though, and 200,000 combined dependable miles from three CJs would have made repeat buyers happy.

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