Car Feature: 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Final Edition

A few weekends back, at the Lansing Cars and Coffee, I was pleasantly surprised to see this gorgeous 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Before I get into this car, let me give you a background as to why I like this car. Back when I was a kid, this was an uncool dad-car. Picture Clark Griswold, before the Family Truckster. These were one of the alternatives to the Suburban, and the slightly smaller Toyota Land Cruiser. These were seen much like minivans are now...Solid transportation, reliable, yet, painfully uncool. Especially with the wood paneling.

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Fast forward to today...These, in this condition, are going up in value. This very example would probably fetch up to $25,000 at an auction.

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This example was built by AMC, in Toledo, Ohio, in the very last week of AMC's existance. One of the final Grand Wagoneers made.

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This example has one of the last carbureted engines put in a modern-ish car. It has, If memory serves, it was a 360 cubic inch V8.

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The interior, the only hint at this cars history, is very 1980's. That gold badge in the center of the dash reads "Final Edition". Sure, the interior is worn, but show me a family vehicle from the early 1990's that doesn't look lived in.

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The front of the Grand Wagoneer is a wall of chrome. Everything was polished up, and looking perfect. Most of the chrome is actual metal. There is one large piece in the front that is plastic, but I'll bet you can't find it.

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I watched a video from Doug Demuro a while back. In this video, he was reviewing one of these, and a J60 Landcruiser. He explained that both vehicles, in good to excellent condition, are shooting up in value. I think this was partially because they are getting pretty rare to find as clean as this, but mostly because everyone who grew up riding around in these wants one for nostalgias sake.

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I had the opportunity to talk to the owner of the truck for a good while. He told me he picked this up a while back for $6,000, and did a mild restoration to get it to this point.

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-Phil 


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