What is there to say about the venerable Jeep CJ that hasnt already been said? This 1980 Jeep CJ5 Laredo is the ultimate go-anywhere fun machine, and to enjoy the Jeep lifestyle, you dont have to settle for a clapped-out beater, either. This one is beautifully restored, packing serious horsepower, and ready to enjoy without a second thought.
The Laredo was introduced as the upscale Jeep, and it certainly looks the part. Remember, this is a time before luxurious 4x4s were the norm, so the flashy graphics and chrome bumpers definitely helped it stand out. With most CJs being used hard and put away wet, this one seems to have lived an easy life and doesnt show the usual bumps and bruises from a life lived in the dirt. Instead, it was given a frame-off restoration not too long ago, which returned it to almost new condition. The black paint is in excellent condition from front to back, and shows none of the usual issues in places like the wheel arches and tailgate. Its actually almost too nice to be on a fun vehicle that likes to get dirty and while Jeeps are rugged, basic machines, theres something special everywhere you look. Rubber fender flares allow the use of oversized tires and give it a broad-shouldered look, and a chrome front fascia dresses up the usual Jeep 7-bar grille and round headlights. And perhaps most importantly, the graphics remain sharp and well-adhered to the body, giving it a dress-up look thats better than any other off-roader of the period.
The Laredos other upgrade was inside, where the stock vinyl seats were replaced by fresh high-back buckets and just about everything else is new. The entire interior has been coated in spray-in bedliner material, so its ready to enjoy without a second thought about getting dirty inside. The Laredo also added a tachometer to the array of instruments in the dash, joining the large centrally-mounted speedometer and apparently random array of auxiliary gauges. Things like the steering wheel, dash panel, shifter boots, and roll bar padding are all brand new and theres a locking center console for added security. There is no radio, but youll probably find that this 4x4 is a lot of fun just the way it is and a soundtrack might be superfluous. The 4-speed shifter and two-speed transfer case lever work in the usual fashion, making it easy to drive regardless of the terrain. And for inclement weather, there is a full soft top with matching doors, making this a Jeep you can drive every day.
For power, it relies on a bulletproof Chevy 350 cubic inch V8 with a few upgrades. Torque is the name of the game in off-roading, and you dont want some twitchy, high-strung powerplant when youre inching up a hillside. So with that in mind, this one received a high-rise intake with a Holley 4-barrel carb along with a custom fender well exhaust headers and side pipes, all of which help build on the engines already legendary performance. The engine bay is so clean youll wonder if its ever seen a day in the mud, and it runs so well you wont be afraid to head out into the wilderness. Underneath its shockingly clean with all the original hardware pretty much intact, and theres a new clutch and rebuilt transmission that have only 15,812 miles on them. The suspension is pretty stock and its fitted with gorgeous polished aluminum wheels wrapped in 31x11.50-15 off-road radials.
It may look fancy, but this is still a rugged, fully-sorted Jeep thats ready to play. And really, wasnt that what you were looking for anyway? Call today!