1973 Jeep (AMC) CJ5 – The Jeep CJ-5 is a product of Willys-Overland refining the original World War II “jeep.” Starting with the CJ-2A in 1945, subsequent improved models were the CJ-3A and CJ-3B before the introduction of the CJ-5 in 1955. Akin to the original jeep, the CJ-5 was a civilian variant of their M-38A1 military Jeep, which went into production in 1952. The 1964 model year saw the first of what was to be a multitude of option packages for the CJ-5, the Tuxedo Park Mk IV. In 1965, optional engines were added to the platform, with a 155-horsepower, 255-cid V-6 and the rarely equipped 129-cid Perkins 4-cylinder diesel appearing on order sheets. When American Motors bought out Kaiser-Jeep in early 1970, the primary motive was to add the successful Jeep name and especially the CJ-5 to its lineup. Even at that, not much changed until 1972, when not one but two V-8s were added as options—AMC’s own 304 and 360 motors. In addition, the 4-cylinder and the V-6 were dropped, replaced by AMC’s 100-horsepower, 232-cid inline six as the standard engine. The popular Renegade package bowed in 1973 and continued to be a choice for Jeep buyer’s through the remainder of the CJ-5’s production run. In 1974, AMC and Levi’s joined marketing forces by offering the Renegade with the Levi’s jeans-style seating (in fact it was really vinyl made to look like denim), continuing through 1978. Other packages included the Super Jeep (1973), Golden Eagle (1977 – 1981), Laredo (1980 – 1983), and Limited (1982 and 1983).
When you search the market for a classic Jeeps you immediately find two things … lots of rust and lots of 6 cylinders. Well, your search is now over! This exceptional ’73 Jeep CJ5 is rust free and features a strong running and recently rebuilt original 304 V8. CJ-5s are pretty utilitarian and didn’t come with many bells-n-whistles from the factory. As with most Jeeps, what differentiates them are the upgrades completed by the previous owner(s). Mechanic upgrades, in addition to the engine rebuild, include all new; Skyjacker Black Max shocks and Skyjacker Hydro 7000 steering stabilizer, spring and shackle bushings, rebuilt and balanced rear driveline, tank and sending unit, HEI distributor, steering ball joints, steering u-joints, water pump and carburetor. Cosmetic options and upgrades include; Chrome Valve Covers, Chrome Air Cleaner, Chrome Grill, Chrome Front Bumper, Chrome Side Mirror, Bew Black Vinyl Seats, New Steering Wheel, White Soft Top & Doors, Black Bikini Top, Side Pipe Exhaust, 15″ Centerline Wheels, and New Cooper 33 x 12.5 Tires! This Jeep has under 7k miles since the engine was rebuilt and has plenty of years of fun left in her. If you want to own a great classic for under $20k that drives and sounds as good as it looks, this ’73 Jeep CJ-5 is the ride for you!