We came across what appears to be a survivor 1972 Julep Green Jeep CJ-5 here on Craigslist in Black Creek, North Carolina where the private seller currently has it listed for $11,500. Based on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool, the seller has his CJ-5 priced between the #2 “Excellent” and #3 “Good” values.
Willys launched the CJ-5, a civilian version of the M38 A1 military Jeep, in 1954 and from there it remained production through three corporate owners (Willys, then Kaiser, and finally American Motors) through 1983 when the longer and slightly modernized CJ-7 replaced it. In 1972, the CJ-5 received significant design changes. To accommodate their two in-line, six-cylinder engines (232 and 258 cubic inches) and the 304 cubic inch V8, AMC stretched CJ-5’s wheelbase three inches. Likewise, AMC stretched the front fenders and hood five inches, which pushed the firewall two inches closer to the rear. American Motors also fitted a new box-frame featuring six cross-members for more rigidity. In addition to a larger gas tank (relocated from under the driver’s seat to between the rear frame), the revised chassis featured a new Dana 30 full-floating, open-knuckle front axle. Not only was this new unit 25 pounds lighter, it reduced the turning circle by six feet from its predecessor despite the increased wheelbase.
The private seller describes his Julep Green over Black CJ-5 as a “super unmolested jewel of a vehicle.” From all of the great exterior pictures provided, we tend to believe this example has its original paint, although you’ll need to confirm that with the seller. We love how this CJ-5 features a period-correct black windshield frame that blends nicely with the original soft top.
The basic black vinyl interior presents just as nicely. While the interior features new upholstery, the seller is quick to point that this CJ-5 still has its original top. From the pictures provided, even the tops plastic windows have been well preserved with no yellowing present.
The in-line cylinder “runs great and is strong” in the seller’s words however he does not indicate whether this example is equipped with the 232 cubic inch or larger 258 c.i. version. Can any Jeep experts out there confirm which engine it is? The engine is freshly painted and nicely detailed however its unclear whether the look is just cosmetic or the result of a recent rebuild. A new battery is also installed.
As the owner states, “if you are a Jeep person don’t miss out on a rare find.” This is a great example of a collector grade CJ-5 that begs the question: do you never take it off-road again to preserve it or continue using it as intended? Either way, good luck with the purchase!