Final-Year, Full-Size Goodness: Restored 1983 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4 5-Speed

  • June 28, 2021
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Mechanically Refurbished & Cosmetically Restored
Classic 1960s Brooks Stevens Body Styling
High-End Laredo w/ Factory Graphics & Upholstery
188k Seller-stated Miles
102hp 258ci Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Rare 5-Speed Manual Transmission w/ 4WD
Eye-Catching Period Color Combination & Graphics

Why We Like It

Launched for 1974, the Cherokee nameplate went on to mainstay status within the Jeep model range. First applied to a 2-door companion model to the full-size Wagoneer, which was designed by Brooks Stevens Associates for Kaiser Jeep in 1963, the first-generation Cherokee included a 4-door model by the late 1970s and continued with steady updates through 1983. In addition to delivering its maker’s legendary 4-wheel drive capability, the later first-generation Cherokee was offered with a wide array of standard and optional powertrain, styling, and interior options, with the sporty, upscale Laredo trim level available on 4-door and flared-fender “Wide-Wheel” 2-door Cherokees.

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Final-Year, Full-Size Goodness: Restored 1983 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4 5-Speed 00A0A l4UJsAk1UYwz 1320MM 1200x900Benefiting from a recent mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment, this 1983 Jeep Cherokee is a highly desirable 2-door “Wide-Wheel” Laredo model. A new paint finish is complemented by original decals and a full interior restoration, complemented by polished bumpers/wheels/bright trim. The interior features new tri-colored seats, carpeting, headliner, and door panels. Mechanicals include a rare 5-speed manual transmission and working 4x4 drivetrain, plus installation of a new clutch kit. Amenities include power steering and a brand new A/C system that the seller advises blows nice and cold as required. Mechanical work includes installation of a new radiator, a new engine main seal (upgraded and converted from the old-design rope-type seal), and replacement of the oil pan and rocker-cover gaskets. According to the seller, the venerable 258ci 6-cylinder engine was found to deliver good compression in all cylinders.

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Other features include a new leather-wrapping for the steering wheel, tires in good condition, a new exhaust system from the manifolds back, a crack-free dash, and installation of a brand-new audio system including Bluetooth. According to the seller, this Cherokee Laredo is in amazing condition and delivers a great driving experience to match, with this modern classic SUV drawing more looks than the seller’s Ferrari Maranello!

Valuation Verdict

With the growth of collector and enthusiast-based interest in many 4x4 sport-utility vehicles over recent years, it was only a matter of time until the first-generation Cherokee joined the party. If you’ve always admired these rugged Jeep models from new and wanted one, our subject vehicle appears to be a high-quality specimen with desirable features, options, and Laredo trim. While the asking price seems a bit high, the Cherokee is ready to own and enjoy, with the hard work already done, guiding us to consider it ‘Worth-the-Premium’.

People reacted to this car
A 6-cylinder engine is vastly underpowered for this vehicle. I shou know. I bout a new1981 Jeep Cherokee Laredo with the 360 V8 option. Had the vehicle for 10 years. I can't image me what a slug this ride is with anything less than the V-8.
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