An Awesome 1981 Jeep CJ7 And A Rare Piece Of Racing History

Mar 11, 2021 2 min read
An Awesome 1981 Jeep CJ7 And A Rare Piece Of Racing History

In 1981, Jeep gifted legendary off-road racer Roger Mears this CJ7 for winning the Baja 1000 in his Jeep Honcho and now Raleigh Classic Car Auctions is giving you the chance to add it to your collection.

In all, Roger Mears won twenty World Off-Road Championships, five Pikes Peak International Hill Climbs, two HDRA/SCORE series titles, a Mickey Thompson Stadium Series Truck crown, and four Baja 1000 wins. In 1981, he was awarded this Jeep CJ7 Laredo for excellently presenting the off-road capabilities of Jeep vehicles in the Baja 1000.

While most people would probably be happy with the CJ7 in its stock form, Roger was once quoted as saying “More horsepower equals more fun. There’s nothing more fun than that — except more horsepower!” And it was this mindset that made this incredible vehicle even more so incredible. Roger immediately delivered the CJ7 to Tom Strong to be customized which resulted in this one of a kind piece of automotive racing history.

This complete custom 1981 CJ7 features a 401-cid V8 engine topped with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, a B&M ratchet shifter, aluminum wheels, a tasteful lift kit, and chrome bumpers. Since 1981 Mears has driven the Jeep a total of just 38,000 miles and has managed to keep it in what appears to be near perfect condition. Included in the sale is the original window sticker showing it was a prize vehicle from Jeep, the original owner's manual, receipts in Roger's name, and a copy of the North Carolina title from the Mears estate.

Historic pedigree aside, this is a beautiful Jeep that is finished in its original color, Olympic White accented by a Copper Brown hard top that features a sunroof. This same color scheme is continued into the interior with a color matched lower dash and a Chestnut vinyl upholstery. This is an awesome opportunity to own a classic Jeep and a piece of automotive racing history. Don’t miss out. For more information visit

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