Given that the last Wagoneers exited the Toledo factory 24 years ago now, it’s not surprising that they’re becoming fairly rare, especially here in Rustopia. And so even though we’ve extensively profiled Wagoneers (and their Cherokee bretheren) here at Curbside Classic over the years (here and here and here and here and here, and that’s just for starters), it makes good sense to keep sharing the ones we find.
Because this one looked so good and rust-free from 20 feet away, I thought it might be one of the fully restored Grand Wagoneers that you can buy from a handful of suppliers. There’s quite a little cottage industry in restoring these big SUVs. Restorers seem to favor Wagoneers from the Chrysler years, probably part because they are the most available and also because they were the most luxurious.
Light rain started to fall as I walked up close. This hood damage made clear that this Grand Wagoneer is a survivor. How the heck does damage like this even happen?
The interior shows wear typical of such an aged vehicle, too.
I found this Grand Wagoneer at one recent morning as I was meeting someone for coffee. A morning coffee run seems like a worthy use for a Wagoneer in suburbia. Because at about 13 MPG, who wants to drive one of these on a long trip?