Harboring some serious power underneath its hood and fresh from a thorough frame off restoration, this 1985 Jeep CJ7 Laredo is one sharp looking, surefooted ride. It's emerged with its factory configuration still very much intact, but made all the more impressive by the addition of some well-chosen aesthetic upgrades.
While previous iterations of the Jeep had ventured over to the civilian sector, the CJ7 took things to a new level. It was the first model to be intentionally equipped for that purpose - its wheelbase is much longer than its immediate predecessor and its side openings were squared off to accommodate hinged doors. Those refinements came with no compromise to its rugged sensibility, however. A glance at this CJ7 will convince you that, while it's undeniably well-turned out, that ruggedness factor is still in full effect. Its refreshed burgundy exterior, ornamented with gray stripes and razor-sharp Laredo lettering on the hood for just the right period-correct look, is in great shape. Despite the temptation it presents for inspired off roading, you can see this workhorse has been treated with respect - you won't find any of the scuffs or other badges of honor from rugged terrain anywhere. Up front, the KC fog lights perched just below a very clean chrome grille stand ready to light the path ahead while providing a strong first impression as the car pulls up. Come around to the side and you'll appreciate the sizable tires this Jeep is wearing to vanquish any obstacles that may be in its path.
Inside, the Graphite Gray interior has been spruced up by a number of recently added components, including a pair of Corbeau buckets sitting above all weather floor mats and a matching rear bench seat that both appear so new they haven't yet had the opportunity to develop any signs of wear. Between the buckets is a substantially sized lockable console - Jeeps spend a lot of time in their open-air configuration, so having secure storage space is a big plus. The dash area, accented by a chrome glove box and matching instrument panel bearing crystal clear, functional gauges, is in showroom condition and there's an AM/FM stereo with iPod connectivity at its center to tend to your audio needs. The air conditioning is running in top form and cools the interior via a set of in-dash vents.
You'll have ample power on hand for asphalt and dirt alike in the form of a 360 cubic inch V8 eagerly standing by under the hood. It boasts displacement that substantially exceeds any of the engine offerings when this '85 rolled out and its power game has been further elevated with the addition of a pair of aftermarket Edelbrock heads and a D.U.I. performance distributor. The powerplant is fed by an FI Tech fuel injection system, so you'll have the benefit of easy all-weather starts and adjustability that would be out of reach in original configuration. Recessed between color-matched inner fenders, the V8 wears an array of chrome components, sits right by a chromed power booster and master cylinder for added eye candy and sounds great as it vocalizes into the headers leading out to its side pipes. The accompanying 3-speed automatic transmission is shifting smoothly and the road-ready condition of the 4-wheel drive feature combines with sizable 35” BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires for outstanding off-road agility. Power steering makes this 4-wheel mountain goat easy to navigate while power brakes that include discs up front bring prompt, fade-resistant stops.
Well-equipped and positioned for plenty more fun-filled future miles, this 1985 Jeep CJ7 Laredo is a “must see” for any off-road enthusiast. Call today!