Sometimes, you just have to wonder: how is it that some cool vehicles get sold, brought home and, then, just never driven? Sure, you see that with super-exotic sports cars that investors buy for the sole purpose of someday flipping, but others are just inexplicable.
Take the Pick of the Day, for instance. Here we have a 1978 Jeep Cherokee Chief, a mighty 4X4 with all the trimmings, ready to romp, and offered for sale 40 years later with just a little over 6,700 miles on its odometer.
How does this happen? Guess we’ll never know because this wide-wheel S-model was re-discovered in 2011 after 14 years storage and having been driven just 5,500 miles, according to the seller, a Jeep wagon specialist dealer/restorer in Kerrville, Texas, advertising the Cherokee on ClassicCars.com.
The Cherokee Chief was apparently in crusty, musty condition after its long slumber because it needed extensive freshening to get it back on the road, according to the ad. The dealer sold it then, and now has it back for resale with just another 1,200 miles added on.
“After a complete rebuild and cleanup, the Jeep went to a senior enthusiast who has babied it, but added headers and 3″ dual exhaust for that great harmony,” the dealer says in the ad.
“This is one of the best-driving Jeeps we’ve owned and a real trophy! Rarest Jeep to find in this condition!”
The Cherokee Chief is a two-door four-wheeler based on the Wagoneer, a sporty rendition that competed with the Chevy Blazer and Ford Bronco.
Although the information in the ad is skimpy, this one seems to be wearing its original bright-orange paint with Cherokee Chief graphics and its original tan interior. The Jeep looks to be in immaculate condition in the gallery of photos with the ad, with shiny paint and chrome, and unmarred seats and interior trim.
The brawny wagon is powered by a V8 – although there’s no info about which of the available engines is on board – and a 4-speed manual transmission, which would add to the fun. The four-wheel drive is accessed via another floor shifter, including the low-range setting.
This Cherokee Chief is most certainly a rare find, and the asking price reflects that at a very strong $49,000, well above the top of the value range according to the Hagerty price guide. But as they say, try to find another essentially brand-new 40-year-old example of this desirable Jeep model.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.