American Motors called the new Jeep Wagoneer and Cherokee “sportwagons” when those sport utility vehicles were downsized for the 1984 model year. Compared with their predecessors, these new versions were shorter, nearly 1,000 pounds lighter and offered better fuel economy. They also introduced “Quadra-Link” front suspension.
The Pick of the Day is a 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, the top-of-the-line model, being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in Kentwood, Michigan, that says it acquired the vehicle after its ownership by the same family for 14 years, who kept it at a secondary residence where it was used as a vacation vehicle.
“Jeep took the competition of the heated SUV market seriously when it introduced the Grand Wagoneer in 1984,” the dealership notes in the Grand Wagoneer’s advertisement. “The Grand Wagoneer offered refinement and luxury to its long successful Wagoneer. Plush carpet, power options and signature leather / cloth seating were offered standard.
“The Grand Wagoneer’s classic design and reliable mechanicals made them the desired choice among many when purchasing a 4-door SUV. The best and most desirable of these were the Chrysler-engineered models built between 1987 and 1991. These trucks had the most refinement, best colors and highest options.”
The example on offer has been repainted in its original factory shade of Classic White with woodgrain exterior trim with the original burgundy-leather interior.
Power comes from a 5.9-liter V8 linked to an automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive. The SUV has power steering, power brakes, power windows, power locks, factory air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, factory aluminum wheels, luggage rack and fog lights.
“Today at just 115,789 miles since new, this Grand Wagoneer remains in very good quality driver condition,” the dealer adds.
The Jeep is being offered for $29,900.