Cherokee has been a beloved nameplate among Jeep folk for more than 45 years, but especially in its boxy second-generation guise as, arguably, the first compact SUV. From 1984 through the turn of the century, Cherokees were unibody wagons usually with 4-wheel drive that inspired generations of SUVs and crossovers to come.
The Pick of the Day is a 1988 Jeep Cherokee fully equipped as they were back in their day, including factory fog lights and a bug screen. It’s powered by Jeep’s famously bulletproof 4.0-liter straight-6 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission and selectable 4-wheel drive.
While most of these old Cherokees have been used and abused as off-road toys, this one looks to be in immaculate condition in the gallery of photos accompanying its ClassicCars.com advertisement placed by a Denver, Colorado, dealer.
Cherokees in any condition are becoming increasingly rare, with many of them known to have been crushed during the “cash for clunkers” fiasco. But the ones that are left are now recognized as collector cars to be maintained and cherished.
Part of the reason for this Jeep’s handsome appearance is a “high-dollar, professional paint job in original color with factory correct decals,” the dealer says. Otherwise, the “meticulously maintained” Cherokee is in impressively clean original condition. Mileage is listed as 92,453.
The interior looks terrific, with “no rips, tears, cracks or stains,” the dealer notes, with the front buckets and rear bench seat looking good in the photos and the spare tire wearing its correct cover.
A factory luggage rack is mounted on the roof and the wagon stands on factory Jeep wheels with Michelin LTX M/S tires for heading off into the hinterlands.
The Jeep is equipped with power steering and power brakes, and the air-conditioning functions as it should, the dealer adds.
This unusually nice Cherokee is priced at a reasonable $14,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.