Jeep® Heritage | 1980–1986 Jeep CJ-5 Laredo

Jeep® Heritage | 1980–1986 Jeep CJ-5 Laredo


Each Friday on the Jeep® Blog, we explore the Jeep brand’s iconic heritage by highlighting a different historical vehicle. This week’s vehicle is the 1980–1986 Jeep CJ-5 Laredo.


We’re now fully into the 1980s in our Jeep heritage retrospective. This week, the CJ-5 Laredo model, produced from 1980–1986, is the focus.


Jeep® Heritage | 1980–1986 Jeep CJ-5 Laredo


If you were to sum up the Laredo model in one word, it would be “chrome.”


The first thing that sticks out is its distinctive (and gorgeous) chrome grille. The chrome bumper, wheels, hood emblem and trim add to its polished look. Its optional contoured bucket seats, carpeting, air conditioning and the available hard or soft top gave it versatility to shine out on the town as well as it did the trails.

Jeep® Heritage | 1980–1986 Jeep CJ-5 Laredo


The Laredo name is tied to the Jeep brand and lives on to this day as a trim option for the Grand Cherokee. And while a Laredo package was available for the original Wrangler (YJ), its origin lies in the original Jeep CJ-5 (and CJ-7) models of yesteryear.

  • Ben Caron

    Is this the right time to mention that the last production year of the CJ-5 was 1983. at least in north america…

  • guillaume herve-gruyer

    I agree. I like the look, i have a CJ7 Laredo. By the way the Laredo trim was introduced actually for four models : CJ5, CJ7, J10, Cherokee, and later in ’85 for the scrambler

  • Donald Georg

    I purchased a new CJ-2A in 1948. It not only was a four wheel drive but it also had a transfer case that provided a low range which accually gave one 6 speeds forward and two in reverse. Had a very strong 4 cylinder engine. I also installed a govenor aND HYDRAULIC LIFT. uSED IT OUT IN THE FIELDS FOR ALL KINDS OF FARM WORK. wAS A DUAL PURPOSE VEHICLE. yOUR COMMENTS. i WISH i STILL HAD IT AS THE JEEP ONLY COST ME 1484.00 INCLUDING 15 INCH 700.15 TIRES AND WHEELS.

  • Jeep bumpers

    The photos look really nice,I particularly love the black tint with a chrome bumper, wheels, hood emblem and trim that adds to its polished look.