Jeep Heritage

 When the Jeep® Wagoneer debuted back in 1962, the "station wagon" had all the trappings of a vehicle poised to make history: looks, versatility, comfort and the feeling that it was possible to dress to the 9's to take a drive through a stream and across a mountain range.

It was an SUV before being an SUV was cool.

Right from the beginning, the versatile Wagoneer showed up in the Southwest as a trusted ranch hand, moving agricultural products and working the land, but still able to cruise into town for dinner. In the Northeast, the preppy crowd appreciated the comforts it provided. Skiers and outdoorsmen relished the comfortable ride up mountains and over rugged terrain. In the Northwest, Wagoneer continues to enjoy a vast appreciation.

Wagoneer was born in Detroit during the Willys Motors days. Industrial designer Brooks Stevens (designer of the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile!) was brought in to assist the design team and created the illustrious vertical grille design. The legendary "robin's egg blue" was a color that Stevens had used on his kitchen appliance designs in the 1950's. From those humble beginnings in a warehouse in downtown Detroit, Wagoneer has the distinction of having one of the longest running, unchanged vehicle designs in automotive history. At peak production in 1978, Wagoneer enjoyed a run of over 28,000 vehicles and introduced the "Limited" version. If it was possible to become more of a comfortable ride, Wagoneer Limited was it.

The now famous wood panels (an homage to a time when work wagons were made of wood), plush leather, thick carpeting and wraparound headlamps quickly gave it icon status. But Wagoneer was not just another pretty face. Advertising from back then suggested this first of the full-size Jeep® vehicles had the largest cargo area and tailgate opening in its class: "Wagoneer may take a tough-minded approach to conditions outside…but inside it's a soft touch with room, luxuries and driving comfort you'd marvel at in any station wagon." That attitude, coupled with the distinctive working class look, gave it a following that still thrives, even though the line has not been in production for 21 years.

It's Grand…
In 1984, Jeep® consolidated the Wagoneer product line into the Grand Wagoneer. Fully loaded and long lasting, Grand Wagoneer was the representative of the line until the last one rolled off the assembly line on June 20, 1991. That year 1,560 vehicles were produced in nine colors. Jeep® produced only 150 vehicles wearing the celebrated Hunter Green coat. This limited production year also provided owner's with a Final Edition interior badge. Today, finding a green '91 model is considered hallowed ground among Wagoneer Fans. For those still enjoying their "Woody Wagon" and those yearning to get out there, put on your tux and pack your camping gear! There are still roads to be run!
Beginning production in 1981 and completing in 1985, the Scrambler was marketed in America as a mini-pickup segment to compete with the invasion of mini-pickups coming over from Japan during that time period.
Though it was made for just four years during the 1980s, the CJ Scrambler made a huge and lasting impact on Jeep® enthusiasts everywhere - even impressing a U.S. president! In fact, it was not uncommon to see President Ronald Reagan driving his Blue Scrambler around his "Rancho De Cielo" ranch. Today, the fan favorite and rare find has become a collectible.

Jeep® brand's popular CJ-7 was the inspiration for the Scrambler, and it featured a longer 103.5-inch wheelbase and a truck bed with just over 30 cubic feet of cargo space. The rugged and mighty Scrambler was designed for a 1,500-pound payload and featured an extended rear overhang for extra cargo space. Available in either a Soft Top or hardtop configuration, models included a four- or five-speed manual transmission. Towards the end of the model's run in 1985, a three-cylinder automatic option was also available.

The Scrambler quickly appealed to men and women that wanted to bust out of the suburbs, get away from 1980s consumerism, and break into the open country air. The Scrambler was the vehicle that could help outdoor enthusiasts climb up, crawl through and navigate rugged terrain, all while safely transporting a host of their favorite hiking supplies and camping gear.

Scrambler sales were quite modest, and just 30,000 were sold during the vehicle's production. But, when the Scrambler was discontinued in 1986, its popularity rose exponentially.

Today the vehicle's rarity has made it a classic collectible for Jeep® enthusiasts. So, on your next camping trip, if you see a Scrambler swiftly traversing muddy landscapes, tip your hat to the Jeep® lover who is affectionately keeping a cool piece of Jeep® heritage alive.

The Jeep® Cherokee raced onto the four-wheel scene in 1974 and never slowed down. Designed to appeal to a new generation of Jeep® owners, the Cherokee immediately cemented itself as an instant classic in the iconic Jeep® line-up.

The Cherokee was introduced as a sportier version of the Wagoneer, and it quickly piqued the interests of younger, more adventurous drivers. That's because its racy detailing was matched by a high-performing 401 cu (in 6.6L) AMC V-8 engine. Featuring a sports steering wheel and two-door design, the Cherokee was the first vehicle to win Four Wheeler magazine's Achievement Award in 1974. Today this award is known as the Four Wheeler of the Year Award.

But by 1984 the Cherokee was ready to drive a new generation, and the Cherokee XJ model was released. The XJ was a revolutionary compact SUV - not only was it 1,000 pounds lighter, but the model was 21 inches shorter, six inches narrower and four inches lower than other full-size Jeep® models. All of this made the XJ an instant hit. Upon its release, the vehicle shattered industry records, winning the title of "4x4 of the Year" from three separate off-road publications.

During production of the XJ, the Jeep® Grand Cherokee literally crashed onto the four-wheel scene. Introduced at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the model made its debut as only a rugged, trail-blazing Jeep® can do - by busting through the convention show glass!

The Grand Cherokee was the ideal mid-size luxury SUV, featuring a 105.9-inch wheelbase and a new Quadra-Coil suspension. It was also the first SUV equipped with a driver's side air bag, setting the standard for on-road SUV safety. Like its predecessor, the Grand Cherokee immediately started collecting awards, winning coveted industry accolades such as Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year award.


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