1979 Jeep CJ-5
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Welcome to The Silver Registry!
This site was established in 2017 and is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the 1979 Jeep CJ-5 Special Silver Anniversary Edition (The Silver), the rarest AMC CJ-5 ever produced and one of the rarest Jeeps of all time.
Here, you will find an overview of the Silver, details on its special features, and the The Silver Registry TM, which lists all the known '79 Silver Anniversaries.
This site is a companion to The Jambo Registry (www.82jambo.com), which lists all known 1982 CJ-7 Jamborees. Together, the Jambo and the Silver are the rarest, and the coolest, AMC Jeeps ever produced.
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March 2018 Updates:
- Added #30-538 as Confirmed
- Updated #32-688 Owner/Loc
- Added #34-891 as Possible
- Updated #45-436 Owner/Loc
- Updated #48-864 pictures
- Added #50-137 as Confirmed
April 2018 Updates:
- Added #48-049 as Confirmed
- Updated #40-297 Owner/Loc
- Added #50-243 as Confirmed
- Updated #45-955 Owner/Loc
We know of another 15-20 and are tracking down info.
If you have any information or know of additional Silvers please email email@example.com.
produced the Silver Anniversary in 1979 to honor the 25th Anniversary of the
The Silver was based on the Renegade package and painted Quicksilver Metallic (8C). This was the only CJ ever painted this color. Other Jeeps could be painted silver metallic, but not Quicksilver.
This strategy is similar to that taken with the 1982 CJ-7 Jamboree, which was supposed to be painted Topaz Gold Metallic (2H), which was otherwise reserved for the Wagoneer. A few Jambos were painted Olympic White (9B), which was available for use on other CJs.
The Silvers also had special seats and a commerative emblem on the glove box.
Unlike the Jamborees, the Silvers were not numbered.
Jeep planned to produce 1000 SAs. Just how many they produced is a matter of debate. Some estimates are that only about 800 were produced. We hope The Silver Registry will be able to clear this up.
Our current estimates are rough and very likely to change:
It seems likely that Jeep did not produce 1000 Silvers. Instead, AMC insiders say that Jeep only produced about 850 Silvers before 1979 model year ended. We believe about 25%, or about 212, of these Silvers remain in existance. We currently know of at about 125 Silvers, and over 90% have their original engine. We only recently started searching for Silvers. The Jambo Registry has been searching for Jambos since 2006.
You can read more about our production estimates here.
On the exterior, all Silvers came standard with Quicksilver Metallic paint, Renegade hood lettering, chrome wheels (15x8 without center caps), black soft top, black rocker trim (not chrome or bright aluminum), and special Silver Anniversary spare tire cover.
On the interior, Silver had special low-back black bucket seats with silver buttons (front and rear) to match the Quicksilver Metallic paint, center console, black floor and wheelhouse carpeting, rally clock, tach, and special glovebox badge.
Silvers came standard with the 258 CID 6-cylinder engine and T-150 3-speed transmission. The 304 CID V8 was an option ($342). The 258 could also be ordered with the T-18A 4-speed (for $161).
In total, the Silver Anniversary package added $1,599 to the base sticker price of $5,588.
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