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post #1 of 15 Old 09-09-2021, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Real deal? Possible Silver Anniversary

Came across this CJ listed for sale. Could this be a real Silver Anniversary? If so, is it worth $8500? Take a look at the pictures and post your thoughts.

Below is what the owner listed within the ad:
"1979 Silver Anniversary Edition Jeep CJ 5 with 304, 8 cylinder engine and 3 speed manual transmission. It is on the Silver Registry. The Jeep does run and is tagged and titled. We were going to paint it & put stripes back on to get it back to a sharp looking Jeep. It needs seat belts, carpet and a radio. Front floor pans need repaired, normal for Jeeps. $8500.00 OBO. No trades. .This a true documented 1979 Silver Anniversary Edition CJ5 Jeep"

Looking forward to all the feedback.

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-09-2021, 11:19 AM
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Could be, check the paint code it should be 8C (quicksilver metallic), I think only the Silver Anniversary edition was painted that color
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Silver anniversary had black seats.

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Wheels are aftermarket. Spare looks like it might be OEM chrome?

Looks like decent shape even if not 100% authentic it might be worth it anyway. Need pics of rusty spots/under and backside.

Are the rear sidemarker lights correct like that on 79? Seem low.

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The paint code is the sure sign of yes or no. Only silvers had paint code 8C.

Get a photo of the VIN tag for the paint code and to see if it may already be verified on the Silver registry website. www.79silver.com
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For $8,500, if you dropped another $10K in it, you could have a pretty nice $15,000 Jeep

Lots of missing original parts if it is an actual silver edition, and those won't be easy, cheap or likely possible.

And be aware, a Jeep can be ON the silver registry, but still not be 100% verified.

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I personally would by ANY CJ that is functional and drivable and in solid mechanical condition and really close to original for the most part, with a rust free frame and tub and mostly all there for $8500. It would not matter if it was a special edition or not.

The keys here are rust free frame and tub and mostly all there and usable.

Then again. You live in the Carolinas. I dont know your market. Some things that are a POS in rust free markets are GOLD in the rust belt.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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Thanks for all the feedback so far. I've reached out to the owner and see if they will send a pic of the VIN tag. Some people are very skittish about this. :-) I'm about 2.5 hrs. from them so I need to see that tag for confirmation. Thanks for reminding me about that.
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-10-2021, 09:02 AM
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IIRC the Silver Anniversary had a decal on the glove box door. I see a decal but no details. Where is the Jeep located? Miles? I wouldn't buy unless I could lay my eyes on it, crawl under it, and kick the tires.

At $8,500 it is a good deal for either the buyer or the seller but without more info the winner is yet to be determined.

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I think the 25th Silver Anniversary plague on the glove box is probably worth $8,500. They sell for ridiculous amounts of coin for one of those if you can find one.

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Another thought, what color is that fire wall, and chips in the floor tub? Doesn't look silver to me, but I admittedly am looking on my phone.

That and the seats would give me pause enough about its authenticity, or at least total originality.

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Here is the VIN tag off the firewall. I think these are the correct codes for a SA.
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Plate has the correct codes for a SA CJ5, with a 304. Doesn’t have the stripes, decals,wheels or original seats. I know later model CJs have numbers stamped into the frame in two places that match the year in one spot and serial numbers in another for the correct VIN/year. Certainly can be brought back to a close original, assuming any frame stamped numbers match and you can find the right seat pattern.

I would grab some cash, go look and if you like it, buy it.

Here’s one:

https://collinsbrosjeep.com/1979-cj-...y-restoration/
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Interesting that Collins calls it the rarest CJ5 produced, yet even at 800 made that's 500 more than the 73 Super Jeep.
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Interesting that Collins calls it the rarest CJ5 produced, yet even at 800 made that's 500 more than the 73 Super Jeep.
They typically only deal with 76-86 CJ's, so maybe they mean the rarest 76-86.

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