1980 Jeep CJ5 Laredo with 304 V-8

Condition Used
Body SUV
Make Jeep
Model CJ 5
Mileage 67400 mi
Fuel type Gasoline
Year 1980
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Brown
History Yes
VIN: JOM83725603

This 1980 Jeep CJ5 Laredo is “very original,” with most of its original paint, the original upscale Laredo upholstery and carpet, an original V-8 engine, and documentation that includes the original dealer order sheet. The original buyer of this CJ5 went all the way up the order guide to specify the AMC 304-cu.in. V-8, the top of the engine line available in 1980. The engine bay appears to be very clean, with the correct light blue color visible on the block, valve covers, and intake. The two-barrel carburetor is reportedly new, and appears to be so in the photographs. The fuel system, including the tank, lines, and fuel pump were also replaced. The engine features its original air-cleaner housing with the correct “304 2 Barrel” decal. The straight shifter indicates that the Jeep has a Tremec T176 four-speed manual transmission, paired with a Dana 300 transfer case, and the window sticker shows a tall 3.07:1 axle ratio for easy highway cruising. The transmission shifts smoothly, with no leaks. This CJ5 Laredo is Dark Brown Metallic with the Gold and Brown Laredo tape stripe kit, a classic 1980 color combination that was new for that year. The paint is “80-percent original” with some touch-ups, but overall it appears to be in good condition, with expected minimal scratching. The decals all appear to be in excellent condition, with no visible cracking and with one chip on the strip on the driver’s-side front fender. The Laredo featured multiple chrome details outside, including the bumper and rear bumper hoops, footman loops, hinges, and mirrors, all of which appear to be in excellent condition along with the rims which is the original chrome and part of the Laredo package. The seller reports that the original top, which is included with the sale, was replaced with the present Bestop Supertop, with two-piece doors. CJ5s equipped with the Laredo package were upscale compared to the lesser trims. This example has tan seats with brown details. The upholstery appears to be in excellent condition front and rear, and the seller notes that the upholstery and carpet is original. Laredos also featured a console with a padded armrest matching the upholstery. He also notes the driver's seat has minor separation at the seat bottom as shown in the pictures. The dash appears to be in excellent condition with the original matching stripes. The instrument panel has the original primary gauge with speedometer, fuel, temp gauge, and warning lights, along with supplementary volt and oil pressure gauges. The Laredo trim also included a tachometer and a clock. Laredo-trim CJ5s featured a leather-wrapped wheel and grab handle, and the original buyer purchased a tilt steering column. The seller reports that all of the gauges work, but the clock does not. The only visible modifications are an aftermarket DIN CD player, and a delay wiper control. The seller has provided numerous photos of the undercarriage that show the frame, underbody, and suspension components have some light surface rust, as would be expected for a Jeep in Colorado, but there appears to be no significant corrosion. Commonly tender areas, like the floor supports, all appear to be in good shape. The Jeep has power steering, which the seller indicates has no leaks. The Laredo included the steering stabilizer, and it appears to have no leaks. The suspension appears to be original to the Jeep, and the leaf-spring bushings show some age cracks. The brakes have reportedly been addressed with a new master cylinder and brake booster, new front rotors, and new pads within the last 5,000 miles. The Jeep rides on chrome wagon wheels, which appear to be in new condition, with manual locking hubs, and are mounted with Goodyear Wrangler Radial tires, sized 225/75R15, which the seller says have plenty of tread remaining.