Value Help on all original 1983 CJ-7 Limited
I need to find estimated value of all original 1983 Jeep CJ-7 Limited in Copper Metallic.
It's a 5 speed with the Inline 6 engine. It has factory A/C, factory hard top which even has the original liner, original carpets throughout which are still in good condition, even has the original Jeep carpeted floor-mats with the rubber edging that says Jeep at the back edge though the tan rubber around the edges is starting to take on a slightly chalky look right at the edges. The dash and upholstery look great showing only a little wear on the outside edge of the drivers seat (my 2001 Grand Cherokee Overland actually shows more) and even the brake and clutch pedal rubber pads only show minimal wear. I'm not certain but the seats look leather-ish (fake leather). The roll bars have fitted padded covers that match the interior, still look new, and appear to also be totally original. The Copper Metallic paint is 85% original, the hood itself was repainted about 10 years ago due to fading directly over the engine but they did a great job of matching the paint, you really have to be an expert to tell. The windshield frame is black yet appears to be completely original to the Jeep so that one kinda threw me as being a little odd. The wheels are body color with chrome JEEP centers and stainless trim rings, the tires are what I think maybe stock size (235/70R15) mild all terrains which I think are probably similar to the original Goodyear tires with the white outline lettering. Has a complete set of gauges including the tach and clock and they all not only work perfectly but even still look really good. This is an Arkansas vehicle which means mild southern winters and usually sand and not salt on the roads when we do happen to get snow which is only a total of about 1, sometimes 2 weeks a year, usually melting after only a day. We went over it this afternoon, even lifted up the carpets, and can't find any rust on it anywhere, even the frame appears to have received a black protective primer at the factory which is still holding up great. The only thing I can find that appears to need fixing is the that I noticed the pull handle on the door seemed to feel loose at the front, I thought I would snap off the end cover and tighten the screw but discovered that the handle seems to have a crack right beside the froward screw so any attempt to tighten it will probably just pull through. I'm assuming such a part as the pull handle in the original color is probably still available from restoration suppliers somewhere.
It has 83k miles on it but 4 years ago because it was starting to use a little oil the older (currently 86) gentleman who owned it brought it to my dad to rebuild the engine and while it was out have the transmission and transfer case gone through. My dad opened his own shop behind his house after retiring from 40 yeas in the Army as a master mechanic. People LOVE my dad, many of the locals will not let anyone else touch their vehicles. When he works on a vehicle he does it right the first time and with things like engines he takes his time to make sure everything is built perfectly with only the best parts. At the time the Jeep (according to my dads records) had 78,740 miles on it and it's now showing 83,041 miles. My dad said the cylinders at the time were near perfect and all he had to do was clean everything, re-hone the cylinders and use new original size pistons and of course everything else in the engine is also all new. Now just over 4,300 miles since the rebuild the tailpipe is absolutely clean and I would easily expect my dads rebuild to last every bit as long as the original factory build. My dad has actually done every bit of maintenance on this Jeep for the old man since 1998, just over 15 years. My dad says it is the cleanest, most original CJ he has ever had in his shop and has been that old mans pride for as long as he can remember. He said the old man always keeps it in his garage and always has, at least in the 15+ years he's known him and knows they have lived in the same house for over 40 years so believes the old man when he once told him he's always kept it in the garage. He also apparently only very rarely takes the hardtop off. My dad says he can only remember seeing the Jeep with the hardtop off only part of two summers in the last 15 years. Seems the old man only likes to take it off during very very mild summers, oh and the A/C works perfectly.
Anyway, the old man had a stroke and long story short(er) he's having to go into a nursing home. But him and his wife has to sell off a lot of stuff first or the nursing home will get it. The old man told her specifically to call my dad and ask him to pick up this Jeep and his equally impressive condition 1993 Ford F250 Diesel truck to my dad and let him find them a good home for whatever he felt was a fair price, and to keep a little for himself, whatever he thought was fair.
My dad wants to get them a fair price and does not want to in any way cheat or short change these nice older people on the value of their vehicles. While he knows the truck at $4200 would be a really good price for the buyer but still a more-then-fair price to the couple, but he has no idea as to the value of a Jeep in this kind of condition... So the question is, What IS a fair price or price range for a Jeep like this?