Auction Capsule: 1976 Jeep Wagoneer – Driven to the Auction

1976 Jeep Wagoneer f

Most of the cars at any classic-car auction are brought on a trailer. But not this Jeep Wagoneer. Its owner drove it to the auction all the way from St. Louis.

1976 Jeep Wagoneer c

This survivor had about 63,000 miles on it. Underhood, it packs the big 401 V8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor. Its appearance and condition say “nice old used car,” not “auction queen,” but perhaps the owner was hoping to find a buyer who’d restore it. There’s quite a market for restored Wagoneers.

1976 Jeep Wagoneer d

Someone riding in the back seat would have had this view, except with the hood down. I remember SUV rides like this from my 1970s kidhood – commanding views in a simply trimmed, open and airy cabin.

1976 Jeep Wagoneer e

Such a straightforward dashboard the Wagoneer had. With some updates, its basic form survived to the end of the line in 1991. The glove box’s central location is a little odd, and it leaves nothing but an uninteresting flat panel in front of the passenger. But in a vehicle this wide at least the driver can safely reach the glove box while the Wagoneer rolls down the road.

1976 Jeep Wagoneer a

The Wagoneer had a crazy 28-year run that wasn’t halfway over yet when this one was built. If you have mad Wagoneer love, you will enjoy reading about this one from about 1983, this ’86, and this ’89.