When the Jeep Gladiator made its return to the market back in 2018, fans of the brand were understandably excited. Not only was a mid-size truck with serious off-roading prowess enticing, but the debut marked the first time the Gladiator was on offer since 1988. For those keeping score at home, that is a longer absence than was faced by Ford Bronco fans. Not unlike the iconic Ford Bronco, early examples of these Jeep trucks remain sought after today. Now thanks to Barrett Jackson, you have a chance to take home this nicely restored 1970 Jeep Gladiator.
When the original Jeep Gladiator made its original debut back in 1962, the truck rode on the same platform as the SJ Wagoneer. It would retain these same underpinnings for more than 26 years, which is utterly insane by today’s standards. And while this listing mistakenly calls this example a J2000 model, that nameplate wouldn’t reach Jeep trucks until 1971. Instead, this is a genuine first-gen Jeep Gladiator. Barrett Jackson notes that this truck recently underwent a five year restoration, during which no expense was spared.
This 1970 Jeep Gladiator is powered by its original 5.7L Buick V8 engine, which was recently rebuilt alongside the Turbo 400 automatic transmission. The brakes have also been brought up to the modern era, with a disc brake conversion taking place at the front. In front of those stoppers sits a set of 16-inch Pro Comp alloy wheels wrapped in Fierce Attitude MT rubber. Step inside the truck and you’ll find some custom upholstery work, as well as upgraded power door locks. The original push-button AM radio is also still in its place, which is always a nice touch.
You will have a chance to purchase this nicely restored 1970 Jeep Gladiator through Barrett Jackson’s upcoming Scottsdale Auction. The sale is will take place place between March 20-27, though no lot numbers have been assigned at this time. If you have been thinking about getting a Jeep truck, it is hard to argue against this original Jeep Gladiator.