To the 200th anniversary of America in 1976, Jeep released the seventh generation of the CJ, a public version of the famous Willys Military Jeep from World War II. It was more suitable for "civilian" usage in comparison with the previous models. By 1977, American Motors Corporation produced also the 4-door version, equipped by its standard V6 engine.
The Jeep CJ-7 had longer than the CJ-5 model wheelbase (2665 mm). During the 11 years of manufacture (since 1976 to 1986) it had been produced about 379 299 copies of the car.
The Jeep CJ-7 had achieved the new Quadra-Trac system. It was created a modification of the cat with automate transmission. The solid surfaces and the steel doors also equipped it. This car was available also in the Renegade, Golden Eagle, Laredo and Jamboree Edition.
The seats that were more comfortable and the perfectly controlled steering wheel were installed on Jeep CJ-7 Laredo. This modification also included the "chrome-package" which included the bumper, the front grille and the mirrors. Optionally it was available with the rear axle differential lock - Trak-Lok.
The car could get several variants of power unit, such as 2.5 L AMC I4, 3.8 L AMCI6, 4.2 L AMC I6, 5 L AMC V8 gasoline engines or 2.3 L Isuzu Diesel C240. The last one in combination with Tremec T176 transmission was produced only for export. Isuzu Diesel C240 was produced by General Motors (the owners of Isuzu Motor Cars). Depending on the variant of equipment, the car could provide the capacity of 120-210 horsepower.
The Jeep CJ-7 could be equipped with 3-, 4- or 5-speed manual transmission or 3-speed automatic gear.
During the last years of producion, only minor changes were made on the Jeep CJ-7. The standard front axle was substituted by Dana Model 40. As for the rear, it was AMC 20. The Dana 44 was offered on certain models, but it became a standard part of equipment in 1986.
The manufacture of the Jeep CJ-7 ended in 1987.
Now the Jeep CJ-7 is used in the mud racing, both with the stock body or a fiberglass replica. It is also one of the favorites for rock crawling.