CC Outtake: 1977 Jeep Wagoneer – Proto-SUV Baby Hauler

How’s this for a refreshing and colorful change from all of the monochromatic look-alike SUVs that the next generation is riding in. Not everyone wants their kids to remember the back of a dark cave, as there’s a baby and kiddie seat in the back of this orange and white Wagoneer. And from the looks of it, this is a very deliberate and choice. It’s in splendid shape, most likely the result of a recent refresh, if not more. Now if only I could pin the exact year down, which can be surprisingly challenging, given the games Jeep played with the grille and other trim details (update: it’s a ’77).

This grille came along in 1966, for the luxurious Super Wagoneer, which would preview the direction the Wagoneer would eventually embrace in its later years as the Grand Wagoneer.

This one is from at least 1973, because that’s the year Quadra-Trac full-time AWD arrived.

But the grille appears not to match the ones from this era. Of course that could have been changed out; the simplicity of this design grille was much better than all of the weird designs that appeared during the 70s and 80s.

The upholstery suggests a bit later in the 70s too.

Here’s proof that this Wagoneer is still hauling kiddies. How many generations have ridden back here?

Looks like the remnants of a former swing-away rear spare holder.

I’m going to assume that the accessory window “awnings” and twin spot lights are original.


This young family clearly knows what it wants in an SUV. More power to them.