Mobil oil change sticker intact from 1985 showing 2,353 miles
From the rudimentary 1946 CJ-2A to the last CJ-7s of 1986, for 40 years there was a Jeep CJ for practically any task. Kaiser-Fraser was already failing when it took over Jeep producer Willys-Overland in 1953, but the CJ carried on for more than 30 years afterwards. One of the longest-running variants was the CJ-5, which first appeared in 1954. By 1961, Kaiser realized the Jeep was beginning to lose ground to fresh-faced competition both foreign and domestic. The fast-growing youth market was turning to sportier cars that emphasized style and speed, while Jeep’s image was, at least figuratively, stuck in the mud. In response, Jeep rolled out the Tuxedo Park, a trim package that included chromed add-ons and upgraded seats upholstered in “Black British Calf Grain Vinyl.” In 1964 the Tuxedo Park became its own model, the Mark IV. Available in either CJ-5A or CJ-6A long-wheelbase configuration, the Mark IV was distinguished from the standard Jeep by its chromed bumpers and hood badges, hood hold-downs and windshield clamp catch, chromed full-size wheel covers with “Jeep” center caps, a drop-down chromed license plate frame and chromed tail light bezels.
Mark IVs were few in number, and today this low-mileage barn find identified as genuine by its “8322” VIN prefix must be considered one of the very best still in existence. Garage kept since new and never driven on dirt roads, this remarkable 4-wheel-drive specimen shows just 2,981 miles on the odometer. Power comes from the Buick-based Dauntless 225/160 HP V-6 engine mated to a floor-shifted 3-speed manual transmission. Accessorized with the optional Surrey Gala top, a side-mount spare with matching cover and chromed mirrors, it still wears its original Indian Ceramic paint and Black bucket seats and floor mat. This pristine and rare specialty CJ-5A Tuxedo Park Mark IV promises years of fun, whether as a collection centerpiece or a showcase vehicle for parades and special events.