There is different types of "value" placed on the various CJ models. These not only range from condition, but also production numbers and demand due to special package options. With CJ's getting older, it becomes harder to base value just on one element (such as most do with age). A 79 Golden Eagle may have low mileage and garage kept, while the 85 base model may be rusted out and at 203K miles......which is worth more??? In contrast, a higher mileage CJ that has been WELL cared for with oil changes and replaced parts may be better than the lower mileage one that was abused. You get the idea. So I don't look at mileage or year in that respect. I do look at the year for available options, packages, and model changes based on what I want or need. The magazines and such bombard the Jeep crowd with constant imagery that you must alter a Jeep......meaning it is getting harder to find clean, stock examples.....I will always hold these higher in value.
When looking for my first Jeep, I too had the chance to buy a mint Golden Eagle for 3 grand. At that time, I thought I wanted to get a Jeep, lift it, big tires, trick it out, etc. Through the research I did on Jeeps, I knew it would be a crime to alter this Jeep. I passed by tell the owner I was looking for more of an average Jeep due to me changing most of it out later. Do I regret it....yes and no. Through more research and 2 more years of looking and learning. I ended up with a MINT 86 Laredo (I have kept it stock 13 years now) While both are prizes, the 86 meets more of what I need and want (differences in V8 and 6 cyl engines, axles, transmissions, interiors, etc.)
So to answer your question, yes a Golden Eagle does hold more value to certain people....those looking for it. If condition was the same between to 2 Jeeps in question, I personally would lean toward the 83 as I am a big fan of the 82 to 86 models.
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