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It’s In The Jeans: 1975 Jeep CJ5 Renegade Levi Edition

This Jeep CJ5 Renegade Levi Edition is listed for sale here on eBay. Located in San Bernardino, California, it comes with a clear title. Bidding has reached $7,600 but the reserve hasn’t been met.

This Jeep has spent its whole life living the high life in sunny California. This shows in the condition of the paint which has suffered a bit under all of those UV rays. However, the Jeep does appear to be quite solid with no signs of any real issues with rust or any significant panel damage, dents or dings. The underside of this Renegade certainly looks to be in great condition, and thankfully the seller has provided a vast array of photos to demonstrate this point.

The interior of the ’75 model always looks a little bit unfinished compared to the later editions. I think that it is the lack of a covering shroud for the steering column that causes this. I thought that this might be a rare occurrence, but after doing a lot of looking and a bit of research it appears that the shroud only became standard fare from the ’76 model year. Having said that the column does display a lot more corrosion than I would have expected, and I would probably address this purely from an aesthetics perspective. The other thing that is not quite right is the state of the HVAC controls under the dash. Some of these don’t appear to be sitting correctly in their panel as though they have come loose. There is also a small imperfection in the dash on the passenger side, but the seats and the rest of the interior look to be quite good.

Under the hood is the 304ci V8 backed by the 3-speed manual transmission. The seller states that the engine remains completely standard, but that it was recently fitted with a new stock carburetor. It is said to run and drive perfectly, and the four-wheel-drive system also functions exactly as it is supposed to. I must also say that those polished wheels really set off well against the paintwork and look ready to exploit that four-wheel drive system.

I would call this Renegade an honest vehicle. No real effort has been made to disguise any potential issues, and any buyer can easily see exactly what they are getting. I’ve always liked these because I just think that they look quite tough and aggressive. As prices go I think that it probably has a little way to go before it reaches its reserve. I suspect that whoever finally buys this Jeep is in for a lot of very enjoyable times.


  1. Miguel

    I would also question the after market turn signal switch.

    These came with factory turen signals, so what electrical problem did the truck have for them to put that in?

    When I see that, I walk away from a car.

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    • leiniedude leiniedude Member

      Looks to me like the steering column has been replaced, maybe due to the lift?

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  2. Dave

    I had a ‘75 CJ5. Column looks right. The return (shutoff) for the turn signal switch was a rubber wheel that rode on the steering wheel hub. The signal assembly would occasionally work loose and slide down the column sligtly so the little rubber wheel would lose contact with the steering wheel. Took 12 seconds to fix, just like everything else on that Jeep.

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  3. Dave Suton

    Levi’s edition? Where are the Levi seats?

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    • Jeepster

      right Dave,

      and put the factory slotted mags back on it also….

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  4. cmarv Member

    Tired iron .

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  5. Nick Buffone

    Would like to see more of the interior.

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