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If we can summarize this vehicle with a 3-word sentence, it would read: Pride of Ownership! This 1977 Firecracker Red CJ5 sold new by Peterson Motors in Davenport, Iowa where it remained in the same garage up until 2023 when it was acquired but the Seller.  Aside from the period correct aftermarket rims, this Jeep is essentially ALL ORIGINAL and unbelievably cared for.  Fully documented, stored in a heated garage and never exposed to an Iowa winter, this Jeep is in near new condition.  The previous owner hand waxed this Jeep twice a year, whether it needed it or not.  This Jeep still retains caked-on wax in the sheetmetal seams from the original owner.  Truly a collector-grade CJ5 that can be enjoyed by either the pickiest collector or weekend connoisseur!

Auction End Date
January 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST
Vehicle Location
Vail, Arizona
VIN Code
Body Style
27,414 miles
Engine Size
258 CID
Four-wheel Drive (4WD)
Exterior Color
Firecracker Red
Interior Color
Fuel Type
Seller Type
Private Party

Vehicle History

This Jeep sold new on 7/23/1977 at Peterson Motor Company in Storm Lake, IA.  This Jeep resided in the same heated garage in Davenport, IA since new.  Around July 2023, the current owner acquired this vehicle, where it has been driven under 20 miles and always stored indoors near Tucson, AZ.

Listing Features

  • 6P – Firecracker Red paint code
  • Buff OEM bucket seats
  • 258 CID motor
  • 3-speed synchromesh transmission
  • Free wheeling hubs
  • AM Radio
  • RARE factory tailgated CJ5 tub with OEM side mounted spare tire (only offered on CJ5’s with the factory tailgate)
  • Ziebart rust-proof undercoating applied at the dealership
  • Original Whitco soft top in nice condition with minor yellowing of the windows noted.
  • Near mint condition factory gray carpet (original owner always used heavy-duty matting on top of the original carpet to protect it)
  • Original documentation and literature to include:
    • Original window sticker in pristine condition
    • Peterson Motor Co. purchase agreement
    • Original temporary paper license plate and registration issued at purchase
    • Repair records
    • Original letter from AMC “Driving Your Four-Wheel-Vehicle” Supplement with brochures
    • Original owner’s manual still in factory plastic
    • Bestop and Kayline soft top literature
    • Original NOS dealership keychain

Seller Disclosures

How extensive are your service records?

Seller indicates they have most service records

What was done during recent servicing and how long ago was it performed?

Oil change and routine maintenance throughout ownership history.

Are there any modifications from stock?

Seller indicates that there are modifications, Period correct aftermarket rims installed by original owner.  Smog pump was disconnected by original owner to increase vehicle performance.  Factory carpet only included the front and rear floorboards, so the original owner used double-sided tape to adhere red indoor/outdoor carpet to fender wells and behind the rear seat to keep them protected.

Any history of paintwork or bodywork?


Are there known issue/s?

Yes, 4WD indicator light on instrument cluster is inoperable. 4WD does work perfectly. Seller believes the cluster instrument light needs to be replaced.

Has it been in any accident/s?


Is there any rust present?



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What are the date codes on the tires? Thanks.

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