Originally Posted by ztman
The cjs you see without tailgates were modified by the owner.
Tailgates were standard, solid panel was an added-cost factory option, included in some trim packages.
The intermediate ('72 - '75) Renegades
had no tailgate. By '73, the solid back panel with rear center mounted spare was an added cost option for all CJ-5s. It may have been available in '72, but I think that '73 was the first year.
The solid panel option continued to the end of the CJ-5's run. Seems that the Laredo package included the solid back.