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This site 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.

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  jambo152@82jambo.com.

We estimate that fewer than 650 Jambos were produced and around 225 remain in existance. Of these, perhaps 50 are in original condition.

If you want a super cool, collectable Jeep, the Jambo is it! A Jamboree would be a prized centerpiece of any serious Jeep collection.

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What is a Jambo?


Source: Peterson's 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Nov. 1982.
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.

Here is 1982 Jambo sales brochure!
   
Jeep produced fewer than 650 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
   
Each Jambo was numbered by a special commemorative plaque, or badge, on the dash denoting its production number. This is the only Jeep to have ever been specially numbered. In addition, the Jambos carry a special trim code of 1EN on their firewall VIN tag.

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.

All Jambos were, originally, supposed to be Topaz Gold Metallic and this was the only Jeep vehicle, other than the Wagoneer that could be painted gold in 1982. In fact, the Jambo is the only CJ that was ever painted Topaz Gold Metallic. This coloring adds another feature that makes it easier to identify true Jambos. Later, Jeep added Olympic White as a option. Olympic White was a very common color, used from 1979-1986 (Alpine White was used before that).

The fact that Jambos have at least four unique characteristics: trim code, dash plaque, VIN-plaque number, and unique color, increases their attractiveness to Jeep collectors.

Production Numbers

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 130 confirmed Jambos in our registry, none is numbered over 751, despite over 10 years of searching. The research undertaken by 82jambo.com reveals that fewer than 650 Jambos were produced (some numbers were skipped) and fewer than 230 are still in existence. Of these, perhaps fewer than 50 are in original 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 45 Scramblers were made! In terms of low production numbers, only the '71 CJ-5 Renegade II and the '79 CJ-5 Silver Anniversary compares and they were not numbered. The 1973/1976 Super Jeep is more rare, but you have almost no chance of ever finding one and if you do spot one, how do you know it is real? You can find a Jambo if you look carefully and act quickly!

If your looking for a super cool collectable 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!

Overview

Jambo Example

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, and special Jamboree spare tire cover. 

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), 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.
Jambo Plaque

Originally all Jambos were supposed to be Topaz Gold Metallic, but about two-thirds of the way through the production run Jeep decided to offer the Jambo in Olympic White as well. Only Jambos could be ordered in Topaz Gold. The only other 1982 Jeep vehicle that could be Topaz Gold was the Waggoner (see the 1982 Sales Brochure). Any CJ could be ordered in Olympic White.

For more detail on the Jambo's features click here.

The Jambo RegistryTM

No known factory list of Jambo VIN numbers exits. 82jambo.com has talked to Chrysler and they say that all Jeep records were thrown out when they acquired AMC. This makes it more difficult to verify a Jambo. However, after 10 years of research 82jambo.com has compiled a list of over 200 Jamborees, with pictures. Further, we have the VIN numbers for about 60% of the Jambos on the site.

Do not buy a Jambo unless it has been registered with 82jambo.com and its VIN verified! Jambos can be faked by buying badges off eBay or pulling them off salvaged Jambos.

Click here for the Jambo RegistryTM.

To register your Jambo, please send an email to jambo152@82jambo.com. Please include pictures of the Jambo (exterior and interior), a picture of the dash plaque, and a picture of the VIN tag (on the firewall). We will compare this tag to our VIN database of known Jambos.

Books that Feature the Jambo

The Jambo is featured in the following books.

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).

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.

Articles that Feature the Jambo

“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 I am aware of. It also looks like it might be a different Jambo than they used in the brochure. I wonder if more photos exist, including one of the dash plaque.

“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.

FAQs

Click here for answers to some tough Jambo questions. 

Jambo Goodies

Click here for a copy of the original Jambo sales brochure. This details the Jambo's standard features and includes great color pictures.

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.

Click here for the 1982 trim codes (1EN = Jambo).

1982 CJ Goodies

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.

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