I doubt that few could have guessed that SUVs, with their favorable seating position, versatility, and somewhat inflated sense of security would ultimately overtake the automobile industry and leave the days of the sedan numbered when this Jeep Grand Wagoneer arrived at a Jeep-Eagle dealer in 1990 or late-1989. Undoubtably far fewer could have ever imagined this when the vehicle was first introduced for the 1963 model year as the Jeep Wagoneer sans “Grand”.
Of course, today’s crossover SUVs, aka “CUVs”, are a far cry from this now archaic Jeep, with its body-on-frame construction, 5.9-liter carbureted V8 and 3-speed automatic, and advanced four-wheel drive systems optimized for true off-roading. By contrast, CUVs are predominately based on space-efficient car platforms, powered by fuel-efficient turbo direct-injected inline-4s mated to automatic transmissions with as many 11 gears, and offer minimal, if any off-road capability.
Still, these dinosaur-like Jeep Grand Wagoneers have a massive amount of charm that none of today’s CUVs or even large truck-based SUVs can replicate. There was a reason every wealthy person in 1980s and early-1990s film drove one of these as their weekend car.
Photographed: Hingham Shipyard Marinas, Hingham, MA – March 2019