Originally Posted by JMcDonaldKnives
Very nice eye to spot all that. Only way to know exactly what it is would be to get the vin and decode it.
The VIN will not reveal if it was a Golden Eagle. Jeep VINs back then did not specify option packages. If it was a 77, you could tell it was a Golden Eagle by the color code for Oakleaf Brown, which was a Golden Eagle only color for 77. The only other way to tell if a CJ was a Golden Eagle is if you can get the original window sticker or the build sheet or verification from the original owner.
There are some indicators on old CJ 5s that will tell if it was a Renegade because on certain model years, there were Renegade only colors. Another color specific Renegade is the 25th anniversary Renegade CJ 5 that was available in a specific color of silver. Also the aforementioned 77 Golden Eagle which was only available in a specfic shade of brown. That color continued on in the 78 model year, but at that point it was not a Golden Eagle only option. What it comes down to, is, because of a lack of VIN coding on CJs you will be hard pressed to say definitively what options it had OEM. There can be indicators to look for, but they are not positive proof.
Whoever buys this CJ 5, if they are buying it thinking they are getting a Golden Eagle, they are getting screwed. If they are buying it because they want a nice CJ 5, they are getting screwed on the price. I am certainly no expert on Jeep CJ values, but I think this CJ is priced about 10,000 over what it is really worth. It is nicely done, but it is really just a nice 35 year old CJ.
I think there are way more Golden Eagles floating around than AMC Jeep ever built.