By 1980, the oldest Gen Xers were getting their driver’s licenses, while the youngest were just born. Some cars from the ’80s are memorable for their style and uniqueness, and one for sale now is the stuff of Gen X dreams. That’s right — a 1980 Jeep CJ-5 Golden Eagle is on the market.
A brief history of the Jeep CJ
Following World War II, the first civilian Jeep was the CJ-2A, produced from 1945 to 1949, Jeep says. According to Car and Driver, the automaker marketed these first Jeep models for farm use instead of tractors. The Jeep CJ-2A was the first to feature the seven-slot grille. Earlier military Jeeps had nine slots.
The CJ-3B and CJ-5 arrived in the 1950s, and Jeep developed new models in the following decades. The final version was the CJ-8 Scrambler, produced from 1981 to 1985. After consumer interest shifted to lighter-weight vehicles and better fuel efficiency, Jeep ended the CJ’s long run.
The first Wrangler, the YJ, arrived in 1987 as the CJ’s replacement. Jeep introduced a new Wrangler, the TJ, in 1997; it looked similar to the CJ-7. The third generation of the Wrangler, the JK, debuted in 2007.
This 1980 Jeep CJ-5 Golden Eagle is for sale
Over the years, Jeep has introduced various special editions. The Golden Eagle edition arrived in 1977, HotCars reports. You might recognize the Golden Eagle edition from the ’80s TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. And if you’ve ever wanted to own one yourself, you’ll be thrilled to know a 1980 Jeep CJ-5 Golden Eagle is for sale through the duPont Registry.
This Jeep is about exterior style. A large golden eagle covers the hood, along with the words “golden eagle.” This particular Golden Eagle has a black body with a tan vinyl interior and Levi’s trim. The upholstery buttons are by Kirk’s Kustom Upholstery of Corryton, Tennessee, and the Jeep has replacement tan carpeting.
In addition, it features a Bestop vinyl top, two half-doors, and plastic side and rear windows. The grille matches the body color but has gold detailing on the edges. The headlights also have gold detailing. Gold is featured on the front tow hooks, and bronze appears on the steel rims. The Levi’s logo is featured along with the Jeep logo.
This CJ-5 has the standard 304ci V8 engine, paired with a four-speed manual transmission and a two-speed transfer case. The engine has been bored and rebuilt. This Jeep can tow up to 2,000 pounds and has a curb weight of 3,879 pounds. It includes some practical features, too, including metal front and rear bumpers. And adding a winch to the bumper is easy.
The interior offers a center console with cupholders and a Kenwood head with speakers in the dash and rear wheel wells. The five-digit mechanical odometer shows this CJ-5 has only 300 miles on it, although the actual chassis mileage is unknown, the listing says. And the speedometer goes up to 85 mph.
So, how much does this Gen Xer’s dream cost? A cool $64,900.
Other totally awesome ’80s vehicles for sale
The 1980 Jeep CJ-5 Golden Eagle isn’t the only cool car to come out in the 1980s. Others are listed through the duPont Registry.
They include four Porsche 911 models: a 1989 Carrera ($78,900), a 1989 Speedster ($285,900), a 1989 Turbo Cabriolet ($186,900), and a 1980 Carrera Targa SC-L 3.1 T ($135,000).
Other totally ’80s sports cars include a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 ($79,900), a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi ($229,950), and a 1981 Datsun 280ZX ($42,900).
Or check out the 1987 Land Rover Defender (call for pricing) or the 1989 Nissan Skyline R32 GTE ($68,000).
But for Gen X Jeep lovers, the 1980 CJ-5 Golden Eagle is one of the coolest vehicles of the decade.