1982 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8


Jeep pickups are hot right now, with the Jeep Gladiator (JT) selling like hotcakes in the United States at a clip of about 120,000 units between the 2019 and 2020 model years. But the love isn’t limited to the Gladiator, with the Scrambler CJ-8 becoming the target of fourbie lovers’ lust as well.

This particular Scrambler is a gorgeous restomod with 152,000 miles and is being offered by a private seller out of Southern California.

The Model.

The Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 was 12th in a string of Jeep CJ models produced by Willys-Overland, Kaiser-Jeep, and American Motors Corporation between 1944 and 1986. The CJ models were small, open-bodied, off-road vehicles with flared fenders, fold-flat windshields, and iconic round headlights and were essentially descendants of the WWII Military MB Jeep, which explains the name CJ, which stood for “Civilian Jeep.”

At its core, the Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 was a long-wheelbase version of the popular CJ-7, introduced in 1981 and manufactured through 1986. It had an extra long wheelbase, a removable half cab and a pickup bed connected to the rest of the body versus a separate bed like in most pickups of the era.

The Scrambler was the CJ-8’s top trim level at an MSRP of $7,388, and in addition to the pickup bed, included hood lettering and special wheels. Jeep produced 27,792 of these rigs, including 7,759 1982 Scramblers. The weight distribution, 52% in front of the driver and 48% behind the driver, delivered a much better ride than the other CJs. Plus they were decidedly utilitarian, making them the perfect ranch hand. 

Just ask the unarguably coolest President of the United States. A gift from his wife Nancy, Ronald Reagan drove his prized Scrambler on his Santa Barbara ranch with “Gipper” on the license plate, a reference to his nickname, earned from the character he played in the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American. LOOK at how happy he is:

reagan scrambler

The Specs.

This absolutely stunning 1982 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8 is a period correct custom restoration with professionally executed updates to the exterior, interior and drivetrain. It sports the original rebuilt motor, the original paint color and is free of rust (swoon). The current owner has had it for around 3 years, mainly using it for weekend joyrides, racking up less than 5,000 of its 152,000 miles.


  • 4.2L (258 cubic inch) inline 6 w/110 horsepower  
  • 2-barrel carburetors
  • Electronic ignition
  • Twin shifter on 4x4 transmission transfer case
  • CJ-8s used the traditional transfer case with manual front locking hubs to engage the four-wheel drive. 


  • Redone upholstery on original seats embroidered w/ matching “Scrambler” detail (this is such a nice touch)
  • Original style stereo with upgraded Kenwood speakers
  • Keyed center console
  • Original dash in great shape
  • All flooring painted with black rubberized paint for long-term protection


  • Removable hardtop
  • Bumpers, tire carrier, roll cage and exterior accessories all powdercoated black to avoid corrosion/fading
  • Powdercoated black spoke wheels
  • 32" BF Goodrich all-terrain tires
  • KC spotlights
  • Color decals

This Jeep CJ Has Sold.

This Jeep Scrambler is no longer available, but you can find the best rare, classic, original, and restored Jeeps for sale right here on Fourbie Exchange.