Truth be told, we often have to sift through a sea of modern, look-alike Jeep Wranglers when we prepare our Four By Friday features. So when we came across this rare red over black 1965 Jeep CJ-5A Tuxedo Park Mark IV originally listed in September 2019 on Craigslist in Weare, New Hampshire it was a no-brainer to feature it. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a Guide, the private seller currently has his vintage CJ-5A priced slightly higher than halfway between the #2 Excellent price of $21,000 and the #3 “Good” level of $10,900.
In an effort to market the CJ-5 as a more comfortable vehicle that would appeal to the general public, Jeep developed the Tuxedo Park trim that the company claimed was a separate model from the other CJ offerings at the time. In addition to softer dual-rate, leaf springs and bigger ten-inch brakes, Tuxedo Park Mark IVs also featured a column-shifted, ‘three-on-the-tree” manual transmission, chrome-plated bumpers, hood latches, gas cap, mirror, and tail lamp trim. Two wheelbases, 81 in (2,100 mm) and 101 in (2,600 mm), were available, with a variety of convertible top and seat colors, and front bucket seats upholstered in “pleated British calf-grain vinyl”. Unfortunately, the buying public didn’t catch on, so this example is one of only 1,987 produced in 1965.
The current caretaker describes his President Red Tuxedo Park as a very low mileage (19,750) “nice driver quality example survivor that runs like new and is ready to go as it sits.” The current owner honestly reports that his Jeep received one repaint in the original color. Also included in the sale is a removable hardtop featuring steel doors with roll up windows, however, it’s not clear whether it’s factory original.
This is a very interesting and rare example of a Jeep CJ that will make you an instant hit at any Jeep Meet you decide to drive it to. Good luck with the purchase!