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September 27th Update: SOLD! Well that didn’t take long. This 1979 Jeep J10 Golden Eagle Edition in Berkeley Springs, Maryland originally from Oklahoma lasted less than a week. With only surface rust and a realistic price of $4,500, we were not surprised at all and wish the new caretaker good luck with the purchase!
Posted earlier this week here on Craigslist in Berkeley Springs, Maryland is this rare yet complete 1979 Jeep J10 Golden Eagle Edition the private seller is currently asking $4,500 for. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” as $4,150, $9,500, and $14,450, respectively so based on its condition the private seller appears to have his J10 priced realistically.
By the late 1970’s tape stripe packages that had become popular on sportier cars were starting to make their way onto SUVs and 4×4 pickups. Hoping to capitalize on the crazy success of the Trans Am at the time, Jeep came out with its “Golden Eagle” editions. In addition to gold accents, the most notable feature was a side-facing eagle covering most of the hood. Unfortunately, the example presented here does not have said Eagle.
The private seller reports their J10 features the 360 cubic inch V8 topped with a two barrel carburetor connected to a three-speed automatic transmission. This truck is nicely equipped with many luxury options we take for granted today, however in 1979 were rare finds on a pickup truck. Still present are the rare factory bed mounted roll bar and the optional front brush bar. Based on the tailgate dealer label, this truck started life in dry Oklahoma, so while surface rust is very evident, this truck otherwise appears to be a very solid candidate for restoration. If you decide to restore it, please don’t be afraid to install a replacement eagle on the hood!
Good luck with the purchase!
We’d love to hear your thoughts about this Golden Eagle and whether the missing Eagle may have been a delete option from the factory. Comment below and let us know!