Pick of the Day: 1984 Jeep Wagoneer with one-family ownership

The classic wagon looks to be in immaculate original condition with low mileage

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The Wagoneer shows in like-new condition after 36 years

The Pick of the Day is a family heirloom, a 1984 Jeep Wagoneer offered by a private seller who says his parents owned it since new and called it their “Little Jewel.”

“This vehicle was my mother’s,” the Colorado Springs, Colorado, owner says in the ClassicCars.com ad for the Jeep.  “My dad bought it for her brand new when the model came out.  She rarely drove it because she had another car as well.  (My dad used to manage a car dealership, so we had lots of vehicles.) 

“The 76,104 miles (give or take a hundred once it is sold) are original miles.  It still has her CB installed.”

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The Wagoneer is a classic 4X4 version of Jeep’s pioneering luxury wagon, what today we would call an SUV, that was produced from 1962 through 1991 with various updates. 

Although built on the SJ truck chassis, Jeep marketed the Wagoneer as a station wagon for families, so it included carlike comforts and amenities such as power steering, automatic transmission and optional air-conditioning, long before other automakers produced their utility wagons as anything other than spartan work-oriented trucks.

The Jeep is entirely original, the seller notes, and in “beautiful condition.” The Wagoneer seems to be in splendid shape in the photos with the ad showing its apparently excellent body and interior.

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So why sell this piece of family history? The owner explains in the ad: 

“She and my father both passed in 2016 at 90 years of age.  I was going to keep the Jeep, but I decided to sell it.  I couldn’t bring myself to drive it much because I did not want to add miles to this beautiful classic. 

“So, I thought ‘What is the point of keeping it if I’m not going to drive it?’  So now, at 71 years old, I decided to sell it.”

The seller says he wants to sell the Jeep to someone who will appreciate how special it is.

“My parents always called it their ‘Little Jewel’,” the seller notes. “I’m hoping someone else will feel the same way about it.”

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The asking price for this attractive survivor is $30,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not sure HOW your data got this so wrong. The vehicle pictured is actually the FIRST year of what became the Cherokee body style that was produced from 1984 > 2001. Other than the word JEEP adhered to the panels, it bears ZERO relation to the REAL Wagoneers you referenced.

  2. This isn’t an SJ wagoneer; it’s an XJ, and shares nothing with the full-size platform. The V6 was a 2.8l gm (there were three used, depending on how the crank was balanced). Not at all as desirable as the I6 offered from 1987 on. $30k is way too steep a price for one of these, low miles or no.

  3. Exactly what Bruce and Brad said above. It may fetch 30k in another 30 years. Has ZERO in common with the 1962-1991 SJ save the word JEEP.

  4. Wow , $30,000 ? Seriously? The market’s gone crazy. You’d think this was a Barrett Jackson auction or something. Sorry this vehicle is worth $6-7k max

  5. My thoughts exactly. This vehicle is WAY overpriced! As one comment said above, this Wagoneer is based on the XJ platform of the familiar Jeep Cherokee. This seller is clearly letting sentiment affect his judgement.

  6. Rare does not always mean Valuable.
    But First year XJ’s are cool;
    Only year for low back front seats w/o headrests- opens up the interior a little.
    Only year for odd trim details such as:
    “4 Wheel Drive” instead of 4×4 as well as on the rear hatch door “Jeep” was not above the license plate.
    1984 & 1985 might be the only years for an XJ “Wagoneer” with it’s solid red Taillights and fancy teeth. A photo of the instrument cluster might reveal a rare complete setup with all of the bells and whistles. Where ever other XJ instrument panel has a blank area on the side, a trip computer was there in a fully equipped version such as the Wagoneer.

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