Jamboree Edition: 1982 Jeep CJ7

Here’s a rare one for CJ7 fans: a genuine Jeep Jamboree edition, the one that came with a set of brush guards, winch and some sweet Marchal fog lights up front. Not many are left, and far fewer are believed to exist than what the original production figures called for. This one will need a total restoration but looks like a good foundation. Find it here on craigslist in Florida for $2,999.

While Jeep said 2,500 copies would be made available, experts estimate less than 1,000 were ever made. This opinion is credited to the excellent Jamboree registry, www.82jambo.com, that keeps track of the remaining Jambos still on the road. Wearing unique Topaz Gold Metallic paint, dash plaque, a winch, brush guard, Marchal fog lights and seats with a Jambo-only upholstery pattern, these special editions were certainly unique. This example is missing a fair amount of those components, but NOS and replicas are available – for a price.

Image courtesy of www.82jambo.com

The best part about this offering, in my opinion, is what the Jamboree package commemorated. It recognized the famous Jeep owners’ rock crawling expedition out west, the Jeepers Jamboree. It’s not unlike the modern Rubicon edition, as both paid tribute to Jeep owners’ love of pushing their rigs to their breaking points on some of the most unforgiving terrain available. While some may say this was purely a cosmetic dress-up kit, Jeep at least made a PR splash out of it and brought a fleet of CJ7s to the 30th anniversary of the Jamboree.

The engine is removed and disassembled in this Jamboree edition, and I can’t quite tell if the seats in the bed are the rare genuine Jambo edition versions. The seller says that there is only minor rust and the frame is still solid. Although the Silver Edition CJs are a bit more desirable, I’d love to own a Jambo with all of its package-specific bits still attached. Hopefully, this one is restored to its original configuration, with its brush buster and winch leading the way.


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  1. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    My first Jeep was a 1976 CJ7 many years ago. I have owned Jeeps as my daily drivers ever since. Off roading and winter makes them pretty handy in Wisconsin. The CJ 7’s were a little to small to carry all the gear I needed for off road camping though. Nice for day tripping off road. I bought a 1960 Willys Overland Utility Wagon 2 years ago and I love driving it. I drive it year around here and has never let me down, Flathead and all. Happy Thanksgiving to all! And to me this one fits the day, a turkey for the cash involved.

  2. Bryan Busch

    My parents had a Jamboree Jeep they bought new but I cannot remember which number it was on the plaque. It was a 5 speed and the first car I drove when I was 16. Ours did not have the grill guard and was a hatd top.

  3. half cab

    One n only jeep was a ’79 CJ7 renegade. One tuff muther…..

  4. BMW4RunninTundra

    I had a CJ7 Renegade. Spent more time under the hood than I did behind the wheel. But, the time behind the wheel, made all the time under the hood, well worth it!!!! Still miss it!

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