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  1981 Jeep CJ-5 Renegade, 304ci V8, 4 Speed, PS, PB, Warn Winch, LED Lights

There is nothing quite like a Jeep CJ! Though the Jeep brand has changed hands quite a few times since its inception in 1945 as the world's first mass-produced civilian four-wheel-drive vehicle, the Jeep is still king of the hill when it comes to utility vehicles. For nearly 45 years, the CJ (Civilian Jeep) line continued with the same basic body style, with more than 1.5-million built. Meanwhile, the CJ-5 model had the longest production run from 1954 to 1983, with 603,303 produced.

Art & Speed offers you a chance to own a piece of Jeep history with this magnificently restored and modified 1981 Jeep CJ-5 Renegade. There is no expense spared on this build, which reportedly spent most of its life in Arizona before receiving multiple upgrades.

The body and paint are in terrific shape after receiving a repaint in Cameo Tan and new Renegade graphics. Some distinct upgrades give this CJ-5 a more robust look from the stock offering. You first notice the stance with the addition of a Tuff Country 2.5-inch lift kit featuring heavy-duty shocks and springs. Adding to the look are the 15-inch aluminum modular wheels wrapped in Hankook Dynapro MT tires (32x11.50R15LT).

Off-road capabilities are numerous, starting with the separate-battery-powered 8,000-pound Warn electric winch housed on the new Pro Comp front bumper. Lighting is crucial on a Jeep, and this one has it in spades. A Rough Country multi-switch inside controls everything, including the trick LED projector-beam headlights with "Renegade" engraved and color-changing accents. A Rough Country lightbar mounted above the windshield and Rugged Ridge lights mounted on the bumper give the Jeep extra off-road lighting capacity.

Modifications continue under the hood, where a 304ci AMC V8 is paired with a four-speed manual transmission and two-speed transfer case. An Edelbrock AVS2 carburetor sits on an RPM intake, while a Performance Distributors HEI distributor lights the fire. Aftermarket headers and dual exhaust with turbo mufflers help the healthy 304 breath. Power steering and power brakes (disc front, drum rear) keep handling under control. While the engine bay is cramped, it is tidy and neat.

When the weather turns and it's time to get inside, a brand new black vinyl top and doors from Best Tops keep the occupants dry and warm. Brand new Corbeau tan leather bucket seats comfortably welcome you, while Rugged Ridge floor mats keep the carpet clean. The Vertically Driven Products center console features cupholders and securely stores valuables. The Grant steering wheel and dash appear in good condition, with only a couple of scratches on the glove box. When it's time to party, the Retro Sound stereo belts out the tunes through four Rockford Fosgate speakers — two in the rear and two in the Centra-Pod under the dash — and a Kicker subwoofer in the back.

This 1981 Jeep CJ-5 Renegade has been lovingly restored and tastefully modified to make a fantastic example of how a Jeep stands the tests of time. Whether you use it as a daily driver or weekend excursions on the trails, you can't go wrong with this nifty little powerhouse. Stop by Art & Speed's showroom to take a look and drive it home today!


  • 304ci V8 AMC
  • Four-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Two-Speed Transfer Case
  • Edelbrock AVS2 Carburetor
  • Performance Distributors DUI HEI Distributor
  • Jeep Valve Covers
  • Aftermarket Air Cleaner
  • Aftermarket Headers, Dual Mufflers
  • Dual Batteries


  • Power Brakes (Disc Front, Drum Rear)
  • Power Steering
  • Hankook Dynapro MT tires (32x11.50R15LT)
  • 15-Inch Aluminum Modular Wheels
  • Solid Rust-Free Frame
  • 2.5-Inch Tuff Country Lift Kit
  • Heavy-Duty Shocks and Springs


  • Repainted in Factory Cameo Tan
  • Excellent Factory Glass
  • New Renegade Graphics
  • New Best Tops vinyl top and doors
  • Black Fenders in Excellent Condition
  • Pro Comp Bumpers
  • 8,000-Pound Warn Winch
  • Rough Country Light Bar
  • Rugged Ridge Off-Road Lights on Bumper
  • LED Projector-Beam Headlights with engraved color-changing "Renegade"


  • New Tan Leather Corbeau Seats
  • Dash In Excellent Condition
  • Gauges in Clear Working Condition
  • Grant Steering Wheel
  • RetroSound System
  • Four Rockford Fosgate Speakers
  • Kicker Subwoofer
  • Carpet In Good Condition
  • Rugged Ridge Floormats
  • Vertically Driven Products Center Console
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Rough Country Multi-Switch Lighting Controller


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