SCRAMBLER HISTORY LESSON
The CJ8 was first introduced to the market in 1981 and the last year of production was 1986, the same year CJ7 productions stopped in favor of the new Jeep Wrangler YJ.
Widely know as a “Scrambler," this was actually the name for one of the appearance packages available on the CJ8. Others were Renegade and Laredo, which were also use on the CJ7. The Scrambler name was only used on the CJ8. Perhaps this is why the name stuck.
The CJ8 is essentially a long-wheelbase version of the CJ7. The CJ7 has a 93.3-inch wheelbase, while the CJ8 is 148 inches overall. The CJ8 features a removable halfcab. A bulkhead was installed behind the seats to seal the cab, thus creating a small, integrated, pick-up style box. Full-length soft tops and hard tops were available for full-length coverage from the aftermarket. On a historical note, Former President Reagan was given a CJ8 as a gift by his wife, Nancy, during his presidency. He used it on his ranch in California.