Gorgeous Jeep Scrambler Is Bold and Beautiful
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.
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.
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.
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?