- suv 97,000
- Thatcher, ID
- 6 months
- suv 97,000 gasoline orange manual
Winning bidder takes this super jeep home. This is a rare opportunity to actually own a 1973 cj5 super jeep!!! I guarantee this is a 100% authentic super jeep. I have been researching this jeep for many years. No one actually knows how many super jeeps were actually made and sold. Some reports are as many as 300 in 1973 were ever produced. However, the consensus is that they are rare, especially rare to find in their original form and only made in 1973 and possibly a few in 1976. History: the 1973 super jeep is rare. Although it is more of a cosmetic package with special seats, dash, sun visors, decals, and chrome bumper it is considered the “unicorn” of the jeep world. The super jeep's first production date began march 15, 1973. This super jeep came with the optional 304 v8 engine as opposed to the smaller 258 cu inch that was standard. This jeep was produced for only a very short time in 1973. There is evidence that a few super jeeps were produced in 1976 during the bi-centennial year. The super jeeps produced in 1976 are the rarest and for all practical terms impossible to find. I believe an editor from one of the popular 4x4 magazines came across one and restored it. From my research, there are only two 1976 super jeeps known in existence at this point and only a small handful of 1973 super jeeps. The 1973 super jeep, which is the very first super jeep every produced, are more readily available (barely) but not very often, if ever, and rarely with all of the parts that wear quickly like the seats, dash, visors, top, front chrome bumper, decals, etc. That is what makes this super jeep so special. To think that the original chrome bumper from 1973 on a 4x4 vehicle has no damage, not even a ding, on a 44 year old vehicle is amazing. This butterscotch gold super jeep was produced in may of 1973. There is still evidence of the original decals on the jeep. Although the original white top is long gone, this jeep has everything else and it took some time and $ to track down the correct, original super jeep parts. Story of the original seats: this jeep came with everything except for the original seats and steering wheel when it was purchased off of the 2nd owner many years back. Luckily after tons of searching and patience, both the front and rear seats and steering wheel were found and a trip across the country was required to match them up from another original super jeep. Therefore, this jeep comes with all original oem parts. The story on the seats is a “barn find” story. The couple that originally had the seats took them out of their super jeep in 1974 after a car accident with their jeep. Because they had to replace their original tub and decided to go with a fiberglass tub, they decided to upgrade the seats as well to a higher-backed seat as whiplash was a result of the accident. Therefore in 1974, they took the original seats out and placed them in the rafters of their barn out of the way of anything that could damage them. These seats are 100% original and in excellent shape. No tears, no wear, practically new with only a year wear on them. I have not cleaned them up at all so once cleaned up with some vinyl cleaner, they will look mint, most likely the only set of original seats from a super jeep in this condition with less than 1 year wear on them. However, these seats only come with the jeep if the buy-it-now buying option is used. If the buy-it-now option is not used, these seats will be sold in a separate auction (they aren't cheap) later in a package deal with other super jeep parts (see below). The current installed seats are original cj5 seats from a jeep around 1973 but not original to the jeep. They are in good condition with only wear on them but no holes. Restoration project: this jeep is being sold as a restoration project jeep although it does run and run well. It has been sitting in a garage for awhile and hasn’t been driven much lately. I cannot guarantee the running condition of this jeep as it has sat for sometime in the garage waiting to be restored. However when it does get taken out and driven, it fires right up, sounds incredible with the dual glass packs, and drives very nicely down the highway. There have been 0 mechanical problems with this jeep and to the best of my knowledge, the jeep is mechanically sound. I can, however, guarantee that this is a true 100% 1973 super jeep!!! Running condition: the mileage is 97,000 original miles and it comes with the original, strong 304 cu inch engine and three speed manual transmission. This v8 engine adds 20% value to the book value of this jeep. This jeep was purchased as a running jeep with the goal of a total restoration. However, less than 100 miles has been put on this jeep in the past decade and has been garaged. It was only driven to make sure it still runs and to keep the fluids circulating throughout the jeep. The jeep was a daily driver at the time of the transfer from the 2nd to the 3rd (current) owner. The jeep has larger tires but there has not been any modifications to the suspension. Actually, there hasn’t been any modifications to the jeep itself other than the seats and tires/wheels. The 5 tires are in fair shape. So, it does come with all 5 aftermarket tires and chrome steel wheels for the reserve price. Note: these are not renegade rims that came popular after this jeep was produced but rather the basic white steel wheels. Buy-it-now package deal: the following is included in the buy-it-now package only: the original seats, the original steel wheels (not shown) will also come with the buy-it-now price. There is an extra white vinyl dash and two white vinyl sun visors only offered with the 1973 super jeeps also. All are original oem super jeep parts in excellent shape. 100% guaranteed!!! Also included: the original paint color code sheet for 1973 jeeps and a 1973 jeep service manual. Finally, i purchased 4 new uncut amc jeep keys to have cut from the current original copy so that there is true jeep keys upon restoration. Two shift knobs and the original steering wheel are also included. There are two brand new red tail lights and two brand new white backup lights. Also included will be an original super jeep headlight/grill assembly and an original hood (pickup only with the hood as it is very difficult to ship). Overall condition: this particular jeep has been rhino-lined around the inside of the back wheel wells. Again, it was a daily driver and the owners tried to protect it as much as possible. The undercarriage has been painted black and is in excellent condition. The jeep has some surface rust and a few spots rusted through but nothing that cannot be easily repaired. One particular spot on the driver’s side was cut out and a new piece of sheet metal welded in and primer sprayed on. The exact same place on the passenger side has rust coming through and will need to be fixed. One other spot on the passenger side above the wheel well has rust coming through and will also need to be repaired. The bottom of the tub is solid with minor surface rust. The floor boards have surface rust (the pics show bubbling which is merely surface rust) and it has rusted through just a bit in a straight 4 inch line on the driver’s side just under the gas pedal and one small dime size in the middle of the passenger side. It is minor and again, easily fixable. Usually, most rust comes from this area and it is pretty minor considering the age. The largest interior rust spot comes behind the passenger seat just behind the storage bin. This spot, however, does not rust through to the open bottom of the jeep due to how the tub was manufactured. This area has rusted in a straight line and should be an easy fix. The two spots that see the light of day are on the floorboards only. The undercarriage is very clean. All of the running parts just need some tlc with cleaning up and paint. Some things will need to be replaced like the brake master cylinder as it works fine but is rusted and ugly to say the least. The rear of the tub in the interior is in great shape. Only surface rust inside the storage bin and the drain holes in the floor on both the drivers and passengers sides still have the rotating doors that close when no drainage is needed. Believe it or not, this jeep never came with a radio. Not even a basic am radio. The dash has never been cut or modified for a stereo either nor has any speaker holes ever been cut. However, it does have a radio antenna (go figure!) the dash is in perfect, all original condition. (see pics for all of the aforementioned issues). The glove box looks like it has never been used. The vin plate on the lower left corner of the dash is very legible with all of the vehicle inf.
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