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Lost Cars of the 1980s – Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler

Posted October 31, 2013 8:00 AM by dstrohl
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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, compact Japanese pickups saw a surge in popularity among U.S. buyers. Ford was well-positioned to respond to this trend, as it had been selling Mazda compact pickups under the Ford Courier name since 1971. Chevrolet also had a response, in the form of the Isuzu-built Chevrolet LUV (for Light Utility Vehicle), which the bowtie-brand had been marketing since 1972. Even Plymouth had a captive import pickup of its own, the Mitsubishi Forte, sold here as the Plymouth Arrow pickup from 1979 until 1982. Jeep, then under the umbrella of American Motors, had nothing to offer in this growing segment of the market, at least until the 1981 introduction of the CJ-8 Scrambler compact pickup. See more at Hemmings Daily.

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10/31/2013 12:42 PM

I always like The Thing

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11/01/2013 1:30 AM

Or the lovely Plymouth Scamp or Dodge Rampage!

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11/01/2013 1:36 AM

My friend in high school had one of these!

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11/01/2013 1:41 AM

My co-worker had one of these!

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11/01/2013 1:45 AM

Sorry, I just have to.

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11/01/2013 5:28 PM

I had a Mitsubishi turbo diesel pickup in the late 70's. That was the greatest small pickup truck I have ever had. It wasn't popular as a diesel, but they sold a lot of gas powered trucks. That truck would pass everything in sight while going up the steep I-80 grade from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe. Great milage also.

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