1982 Jeep CJ-7 Jamboree


“You see Austin Powers, I love GOOOOOLD! The taste of it, the smell of it, the texture…” This ultra-rare Topaz Gold Metallic 1982 Jeep CJ-7 with 140,000 miles is a rare version of the legendary CJ-7 series, and to be honest, even if you aren’t a gold (or brown) fan, you’ve got to just love this thing. You can buy it today for $32,500 from PC Classic Cars in Sherman, Texas by way of eBay Motors. 

The Model.

The 1982 Jeep CJ-7 Jamboree is one of two CJ-7 special editions alongside the 82 and 83 “CJ-7 Limited,” and one with a pretty incredible backstory. 

Back in 1952 in Georgetown, California, a former gold rush town, a group of fun-lovin' fourbie enthusiasts hatched a plan to boost the local economy through tourism by hosting an event they called “Jeepers Jamboree.” According to lore, the first Jeepers Jamboree in 1953 brought 55 vehicles and over 150 participants to what's now called the Rubicon Trail, which was plenty to keep the party rolling.

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By the 80s, the event was big business for Georgetown, and although other makes and models were and are still welcome, Jeep was a mainstay. Seeking to capitalize on the event’s popularity and marketing buzz, Jeep came up with the idea to create a special edition Jeep to commemorate the event.

Originally they were only going to produce 2,500 of the Jamboree, or “Jambo” as it’s often called, but only around 630 individually numbered examples were actually built. That makes it the rarest CJ-7 ever built and one of the rarest Jeeps of all time. Of that 630 units, Jeep built, 560 were the same Topaz Gold Metallic that this example shows, with the other 70 being coated in Olympic White. According to the Jambo Registry, only around 160 Topaz Gold Metallic paint Jamborees remain, and only around 20 in Olympic White.

Add this rarity to the fact that Hagerty named the CJ-7 as one of the “9 hottest collectible cars” back in 2018, and this Jambo is one hell of a collectible rig. 

The Specs.

This Jambo is registered in the Jamboree Registry as #116 and is drenched in “2H” Topaz Gold Metallic paint, although it is not the original paint. The seller points to a nice driving rig that’s free of rust, has 140,000 miles on the odometer and boasts a clean Carfax. 


  • 4.2L inline 6 cylinder 
  • Holley Sniper EFI
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Power steering
  • Power brakes w/front discs
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Rancho Skyjacker shocks
  • Factory air conditioning
  • Aluminum radiator with electric fan
  • 4:10 gears


  • Factory style interior w/Jeep badging
  • Black high-back bucket seats 
  • Center console
  • Retrosound AM/FM radio w/USB


  • "2H" Topaz Gold Metallic paint
  • Dark brown removable hardtop
  • Aftermarket front and rear bumpers
  • 17" Aftermarket wheels with BFG 33x12.50-176 tires

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