1982 Jeep CJ-7 Jamboree
The Rarest CJ-7 Ever Built &
One of the Rarest Jeeps of All Time
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Welcome to The Jambo Registry!
The Jambo Registry (Est. 2006) is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the 1982 Jeep CJ-7 Jamboree Commemorative Edition (The Jambo), the rarest CJ-7 ever produced and one of the rarest Jeeps of all time. This site is a companion to The Silver Registry, which tracks all known examples of the 1979 CJ-5 Silver Anniversary (The Silver).
Here, you will find an overview of the Jambo, details on its special features, and the Jambo Registry TM, which lists all the known Jambos. To receive an email about additions to this site email email@example.com.
We estimate that about 630 Jambos were produced. This makes the Jambo one of the rarest Jeeps ever produced. It is as rare at the 1971 Renegade II, of which 600 are believed to have been producd.
Here you will learn about the rare Topaz Gold Metallic Jambo (560 produced, ~160 remain), the elusive Olympic White Jambo (70 produced, ~20 remain), and the unicorn, one of the rarest Jeeps ever made, the Olympic White Jambo with a factory TorqueFlite 999 automatic transmission (11 produced, only 3 known to exist).
If you want a super cool, collectible Jeep, the Jambo is it!
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November 2017 Updates:
- Cleaned up the Registry to better reflect our knowledge of the Jambo stock.
- Updated the Production estimate to be 630 Jambos in total: 560 Topaz Gold Metallic and 70 Olympic White.
- Updated status of Jambo #0133.
- Added an analysis of the serializing of Jambo plaque numbers. This is on the Prodution page.
- Added the letter to dealers that annouced the Jambo and a letter that revised the decision not to allow air conditioning. This is on the the Jambo Definition page.
- Added several files to the Documents page. Some of these apply to all CJs, not just Jambos.
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The Jambo turns 36 years old this month! As shown in the Product Direction Letter (PDL) below, Jeep decided on December 14, 1981, to proceed with production of a Special Promotional Package to commermorate the 30th Anniversary of the Jeepers Jamboree.
The Jambo was designed by Jim Alexandar (1929-2006). Jim, shown on the left, was a designer for AMC and worked on numerous vehicle platforms and with AMC Racing. You can see his signature on the PDL below.
You can read more about Jambo production on our Production page.
The PDL at the right was provided to The Jambo Registry by
Jim Allen. Jim is the best Jeep historian out there, period, and a
great friend of The Jambo Registry!
As this PDL details, the basis for the Jambo was the CJ-7 Soft Top, to which several unique components would be added. The Jambo was to be available beginning April 1, 1982. The PDL clearly specifies that all the Jambos would be painted Topaz Gold Metallic and include Laredo-style seats with gold inserts, instead of the Laredo-silver, to match the gold paint.
In April 1982, Jeep allowed Jambos to be produced in Olympic White (9B) as well. We believe only 70 were produced, making the "elusive White Jambo" one of the rarest Jeeps ever!
Source: Peterson's 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Nov. 1982.
Here is the 1982 Jambo sales brochure!
The Jambo was a 1982 1/2 model-year CJ. Production began in March 1982 and ended with the 1982 model year in July.
Jeep produced the Jambo in 1982 to honor the 30th Anniversary of the Jeepers Jamboree. The Jeepers Jamboree started in 1953 and takes place on the Rubicon Trail (The Devil's Playground). The Jeepers Jamboree is the granddaddy of all off-road events and Jeep wanted to honor it by naming a Jeep vehicle "Jamboree," much like they now produce the Rubicon. Shown to the left is one of several Jambos that were driven on the Rubicon during the 30th Anniversary event.
A fully equipped
Jambo cost $3,000 more than a base CJ-7. That is about an $8,600 premium
in today's dollars. The base CJ-7 sold for $7,765. So, the Jambo sold
for about a 40% premium to the base CJ-7. A Jambo cost more than 2-door
about 630 Jambos. This limited production run makes the Jambo not only the rarest CJ-7, but
one of the rarest Jeeps ever produced.
The Jambo was only produced in 1982. The only other AMC single-model single-year Jeep is the 1979 CJ-5 Silver Anniversary (The Silver). The Golden Hawk was only produced in 1980, but it was a trim package that was applied to CJ-5s, CJ-7s, and even the Cherokee.
The pre-AMC 1971 Renegade II is also quite rare, with 600 copies having been made, in four colors.
Source: Jeepers Jamboree
This numbering is very important because helps to confirm the authenticity of Jambos and makes them more difficult to fake. You can't fake a Jambo by slapping on some decals, like you can with a Golden Hawk, Golden Eagle, Renegade, Laredo, or even the Super Jeep. The Jambo is even harder to fake than a '79 Silver Anniversary because the Silvers were not numbered, though they do carry a special code on their VIN tag.
Jambo's numbered dash plaque can be related to the VIN. Thus, not all numbers make sense and this can be clearly seen. In this sense, the Jambo is like the Scrambler in that its authenticity is much easier to ascertain than other Jeeps.
The fact that Jambos have at least five unique characteristics: trim code, dash plaque, VIN-plaque number relationship, Jamboree decals that did not appear on any other Jeep (unlike Renegade), and unique color, increases their attractiveness to Jeep collectors.
AMC planned to produce only 2500 Jamborees. However, the economy was recession in 1982 and Jeep sales were down 50% from prior years. Out of nearly 120 confirmed Jambos in our registry, none is numbered over 751, despite over 11 years of searching. The research undertaken by The Jambo Registry reveals that about 630 Jambos were produced (some numbers were skipped) and fewer than 200 are still in existence. Of these, perhaps fewer than 50 are in original or restored condition.
Sure the Laredo, Renegade, and Golden Eagle are cool, but these were very common packages applied to many different vehicles, not just CJs. The Scrambler (CJ-8)? Yes, the Scrambler is a very cool, low production, Jeep CJ. However, for every Jambo produced nearly 50 Scramblers were made!
In terms of low production numbers, only the '71 CJ-5 Renegade II and the '79 CJ-5 Silver Anniversary compare and they were not numbered. The 1973/1976 Super Jeep is more rare, but you have almost no chance of ever finding one. You can find a Jambo if you look carefully and act quickly!
If your looking for a super cool collectible Jeep CJ, the Jambo is it. It is without a doubt the rarest CJ-7 ever built. And, as you will learn here, it has a history that no other CJ-5/CJ-7 can match!
On the exterior, all Jambos came standard with Topaz Gold Metallic paint, Jamboree hood lettering, chrome wheels, chrome bumpers/bumperettes, black soft top, black rocker trim (not chrome or bright aluminum), and special Jamboree spare tire cover. Late in the production run Jeep made a few (only about 70) Olympic White Jambos.
On the interior, Jambos had special black bucket seats with gold inserts (front and rear) to match the Topaz Gold Metallic paint, center console, black floor and wheelhouse carpeting, black padded roll bar, saddle bags, and special plaque denoting the production number mounted on the instrument pannel.
Jambos also came standard with the 258 CID 6-cylinder engine (upgraded from the 4-cyl; the V8 was no longer available), 5-speed manual transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, 20-gal fuel tank, tachometer, rally clock, Marchal 850 fog lamps, tilt steering, heavy-duty battery, heavy-duty alternator, heavy-duty cooling, heavy-duty suspension, and a Trac-Loc differential.
The Ramsey winch, brush/grille guard, light bar, and AM/FM/CB radio were dealer-installed options.
The Jambo is featured in the following books.
Jeepers Jamboree: The First 30 Years by Peg Presba. This book covers the first 30 years of the event that gave birth to the Jambo. It includes special coverage of the 30th anniversary event and the Jambo. It includes several Jambo photos, incluing a color photo of the Jambo given away during the event! We have this book for sale!
Jeep Collectors Library by Jim Allen. Features a Jambo on the front cover! Jim gives the Jambo 4 stars out of 5 for investment potential, only the 1970-1975 Renegade and the 1973, 1976-1977 Super Jeep (only two known to exist) are rated higher. Jim writes "Only 2,500 numbered copies were built, and this is one later Jeep that will bring a few bucks." Note: We have since learned that the 2500 production estimate was too high by about a factor of four. We have this book for sale!
Jeep CJ: 1945-1986 by Robert Ackerson (pp. 190-195). Includes lots of color pictures, which are taken from the Jambo sales brochure.
Standard Catalog of Jeep: 1940-2003 by Patrick Foster (p. 149).
Jeep: The History of America's Greatest Vehicle by Patrick Foster (p. 119).
Jeep Color History by Steve Statham. This includes a full page color photo (p. 108).
“Tribute to Two Legends,” Four Wheeler, June 1982, p. 45. This one-page article features the upcoming CJ-7 Jamboree. It has two pictures. Color versions were be great because these are the only “staged” photos of a Jambo outside of the factory that we are aware of. It also looks like it might be a different Jambo than they used in the brochure.
“High Society,” Four Wheeler, Nov 1982, pp. 48-51. Covers the 30th Anniversary
Jeepers Jamboree. Gives the names of the people who each won a new Jambo. Has a
picture (top of page 51) of a Jambo on the Rubicon. The bottom of page 51 has
picture of the 65 CJ-7s Jeep sent for its employees and dealers to drive.
"A Capital Idea,” Four Wheeler, Dec 1982, p. 15. The small insert shows Congressmen Gene Chappie (R-CA) standing in front of the US Capitol with his Jamboree.
“Jambing at 30,” ,” 4-Wheel & Off-Road, July 1982, p. 100. A small insert about the upcoming release of the Jambo.
“30th Annual Jeepers Jamboree,” 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Nov 1982, pp. 54-59. Covers the 30th Anniversary Jeepers Jamboree. Though the text does not cover the Jambo in as much detail as the Four Wheeler article, this article has many more Jambo pictures! The first one is on page 54. It is a COLOR version of a Jambo on the trail. This is the earliest known photo of a Jambo outside the factory. Page 56 has two more photos of this Jambo as do pages 58-59. But, here is the kicker: pp 58-59 include a photo of the CJ-7s sent by Jeep (they report 70, instead of 65). You can clearly see three gold Jambos in the foreground of this photo. So, we know that at least three were there. We have this magazine for sale!
Click here for answers to some tough Jambo questions.
Click here for a copy of the original Jambo sales brochure. This details the Jambo's standard features and includes great color pictures.
Here are the Product Direction Letters that defined the Jambo (thank you to Jim Allen for providing these!): PDL1, PDL2a, PDL2b.
Here is a copy of the original Jambo advertisement. This also appears in Jim Allen's book.
AMC had a sweepstakes in 1982 with a new Jamboree as first prize. Here is the flyer. Diana Falcone, of Midland, Texas, won the sweepstakes and drove her prize on the Rubicon during the 1982 Jeepers Jamboree.
Check out the certificate of authenticity that came with each Jambo.
Here is a copy of the letter provided to owners.
Click here for the original paint colors (2H = Jambo, 9B = possible Jambo).
Click here for the 1982 trim codes (1EN = Jambo).
Here is the 1983 accessories catalog, which features a Topaz Gold Metallic Jeep on the front without the Jambo lettering. This catalog came out in July 1982, which is just at the end of the Jambo production run and the end of the 1982 model year. The basis for this catalog must have been a picture of Jambo #2000 without the Jamboree lettering.
Here is a picture of that "Jambo":
Click here for the 1982 Jeep accessories catalog. This is a large file. Good luck finding this stuff!
Click here for the reduced version (CJs only) of the 1982 Jeep Sales brochure.
Click here for the 1982 CJ sales flyer.
Click here for the 1981-1986 Jeep Parts Catalog. This pdf is searchable!
Here are links to the 1982 Jeep Technical Service Manuals: Chassis, Engine, and Body.
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