When compared to old-school Land Rover Defenders, Ford Broncos, and Toyota Land Cruisers in the luxury restoration and modification market, Vintage Jeeps have been given short shrift. Outdoor menswear manufacturer Ball and Buck wants to rectify that, however. The company has announced it is going to produce a custom line of resto-modded Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler pickup trucks.
Jeep manufactured the CJ-8 from 1981 to 1986. It’s an extended wheelbase version of the Jeep CJ-7, the immediate predecessor of the Wrangler, with a truck bed tacked on — in effect, the same basic idea as the new Jeep Gladiator. It was the last truck Jeep manufactured before getting back in the game with said Gladiator. Noted off-roader aficionado Ronald Reagan used one on his ranch — at least, when he wasn’t tooling around in his Subaru BRAT.
Buyers can choose from four color options: Coronado Sand, Everglades Green, Chesapeake Grey and Sutton Black. Those can be paired with two trim options, Polished Stainless and Matte Black. Ball and Buck will fit the CJ-8 with three different engines: the original 4.2-liter AMC inline-six, a GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS3 V8 or a 2.8-liter Cummins turbo diesel.
Compared to luxed-out Defenders, Ball and Buck’s line of CJs will be pretty affordable. The Jeeps will range in price from $65,000 to $95,000. Builds will take 3-6 months to complete.
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