Sometimes you can come across a nice old Jeep for sale just by driving around while on a long weekend get-away. That’s exactly what happened when the Guys With Rides Team stumbled upon this beautiful Parkway Green over dark green vinyl 1965 Jeep CJ-5a Mark IV Tuxedo Park for sale in Madaket, Nantucket. The private seller is currently asking $28,000 firm. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a Guide, the the private seller has their rare Jeep priced about halfway between the #1 “Concours” estimate of $36,400 and the #2 “Excellent” value of $21,000. Based on our personal inspection of this Jeep, we call this asking price market appropriate.
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 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 inches and 101 inches, 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.
Unfortunately the seller was not available for us to confirm however based on the exterior paint’s excellent condition both inside and out as well as the shiny paint on the frame, we sense this Tuxedo Park received a recent full cosmetic restoration.
The 75 horsepower Willys F134 Hurricane 2.2 Liter inline four appears to be in original condition, especially with only 38K original miles that we suspect spent most, if not all, of its life on a 15 mile long by six mile wide island. Upon our under-hood inspection, we noticed two items we’d address after purchase. The first is the missing flexible hose designed to route fresh air from the front cowl to the firewall-mounted heater box. Second is that some of the wiring appears to be redone in a way that would lose points in a concours event.
The underside presents in excellent condition although we suspect the glossy paint used on the frame for the restoration is likely much glossier than that used when this Jeep left the Kaiser factory in 1965.
It was a pleasure coming across this beautiful and unmolested, low mileage Tuxedo Mark IV on Nantucket Island. Most CJ-5a’s have long been cut-up and extensively modified by off-road enthusiasts, so its nice to see such untouched one we suspect has enjoyed a nice life on Nantucket. While we hope the buyer can find a new caretaker to keep this Jeep on Nantucket, if it ends up back on the mainland we hope to see it in an upcoming concours. Good luck with the purchase!
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