There''s a noteworthy segment of the hobby that''s always been a little overlooked, but that''s changing today. And by noteworthy, I mean all you guys who like to go out and play in the dirt, and we''re seeing a big resurgence in the 4x4 area, because we just can''t seem to keep machines like this 1986 Jeep CJ7 Renegade in stock. The black ones seem to sell the fastest, but if you ask any Jeeper for his favorite off-roader, the CJ7 comes up more often than just about anything else. The ideal combination of old-school looks, brute-force simplicity, and modern reliability, the CJ7 is the off-roader that you could also drive to work every day. This one has had a recent and fairly comprehensive restoration, and if you think it''s odd to be restoring old Jeeps, then you haven''t been paying attention. The black paint is about a zillion times nicer than when it was new, so nice that you''ll think twice about plunging into the underbrush with it, but also nice enough to draw a crowd wherever you park it. Correct Renegade decals were reinstalled and the black and silver combination will look great for decades to come. There''s no evidence of issues in the usual spots above the rear wheels or around the tailgate, and this particular CJ has been dressed up with a chrome grille, new chrome bumpers, new rubber fender flares, and a few other shiny bits to give it real charisma. The black bucket seat interior has also received a major makeover, starting with new Rugged Ridge bucket seats that are a lot more supportive than the original stools. They included a matching rear bench so it all looks matching, and anything that wasn''t upholstered got a shot of Rhino-Liner spray-in bedliner material. The original steering wheel is still in good shape and the center-mounted gauges benefit from a new polished stainless panel to make them really pop. An AM/FM/cassette stereo with speakers at either end of the dash is the kind of minimalist entertainment that Jeep guys seem to prefer, and with just a bikini top, it is indeed minimalist. Of particular importance is the shift lever, which shows five gears instead of the usual three or four, so this 4x4 is actually a decent highway cruiser if you like the wind in your hair. AMC''s durable 4.2-liter inline six is popular for a reason: it doesn''t break and delivers the kind of low-end torque that makes rough going a pleasure. The engine bay is really, really clean, suggesting that it hasn''t even seen a rain storm since the restoration was completed, and it''s fairly stock in every way that matters. There''s a factory air cleaner and carburetor, a correct ignition system, and even a stock exhaust manifold leading to a single exhaust system with catalytic converter underneath, so you know the restorer was a stickler for detail. The suspension has a mild lift that includes heavy-duty off-road shocks, to it has the hardware to get into the rough stuff, and fresh hardware on the axles suggest that they''ve been recently serviced. Pacer aluminum wheels glitter against the black paint and wear oversized 33x12.5-15 all-terrain radials. Like the VW Beetle and the MGB, the ever-popular Jeep CJ has found a new market with collectors and is on an upward trajectory. Get on board early with one of the nicest CJs we''ve seen in years. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.