Gorgeous Jeep Scrambler Is Bold and Beautiful

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Jeep Scrambler

As we await the arrival of the new Wrangler pickup, this CJ8 Jeep Scrambler is a nice reminder that the idea is nothing new.

Jeep is finally granting the wishes of the Wrangler faithful and gracing us with a pickup version of the world’s toughest off-road ‘ute. And we can hardly wait. But the concept of a Jeep pickup is nothing new, as this vintage CJ8 Jeep Scrambler so happily reminds us. The elongated pickup is one of less than 3,000 produced in 1982, so we won’t blame you for forgetting it existed. So when we spotted the fine example over at The Collector Car Network, we knew it was worth a closer look.

Jeep Scrambler

Aside from the obvious rarity, this Jeep Scrambler is chock full of cool. For those who prefer simple, utilitarian cargo space, it’s about as good as it gets. The Gunmetal Gray paint shines better than new, and a spray-in bedliner invites you to throw your gear in the back. But in spite of its inherent rarity, the previous owner didn’t hold back on making this cool ride even cooler.

Jeep Scrambler

A beefy front bumper and grille guard protect the Jeep’s pretty face. Upgraded LED lighting all around greatly improves visibility, while fender flares keep the mud out of your face. Which is a welcome addition in light of some pretty beefy 32×12.5-15 tires, wrapped around modern Fuel wheels. Inside, a set of BesTop vinyl buckets provide a little more comfort than stock, and a modern Kenwood stereo kicks out the jams.

Jeep Scrambler

Outside of those simple mods, much of this Jeep Scrambler was left as-is. There’s a 4.2-liter inline-six under the hood, with a 5-speed manual transmission behind it. The single tube exhaust and manual locking hubs are still there, as is a mostly spartan list of amenities. But when you’re driving something as inherently cool as a Jeep Scrambler, what else do you need?

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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