The seller of the day Good price or no dice Grand Wagoneer calls it “unmolested” in the ad, and it does act to be completely original, right down to the factory color. Let’s see if its price tag is as original or if it feel old hat.
First recording of the song Time is on my side was not, as many might think, the 1964 edition of the Rolling Stones. In fact, the song was recorded a year earlier by jazz trombonist Kai Winding and his orchestra. That edition featured extra, smoky vocals by the Gospelaires trio of Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick and Cissy Houston. As such, this is my preferred version of the classic slow rocker.
It’s safe to say that time was not on last Friday’s side 1973 Datsun 240Z project car. The two-seater sports car claimed to be a runner, but it is abundant rust and the steadily growing retention fees for its storage conspired to make their current situation untenable. That led to the seller asking $1,750 for the car, with the fair warning that the new owner would also have to pay a $510 storage fee to actually pick up the car from the lot. Was it a fair deal? Well, for 54 percent of you, it wasn’t. That was the result of the vote, which downed the car, and the prize, to a No Dice loss.
There seems to be more time to take in today 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer and to ponder while these large, inefficient SUVs have gained such a cult-like following. Now we should note that so reverent status is not limited to big jeeps. Yyou see the same strange glow directed towards VW Buses and Ed Sheeran. Still, the Grand Wagoneer seems to have a strange strong fan base, and it has driven prices of mint condition releases well into the five-figure ladder.
This one is not in excellent condition, and while it is described as “unmolested” in the ad, there are a couple of caveats to consider when considering its value and desirability. We’ll get to those in a minute, but first, let’s just take this big wagon for granted. After all, there is a lot to see.
American Motors debuted the Grand Wagoneer nameplate on the SJ platform in 1984. It was part of a mix of model names the company implemented as part of the ZJ series introduction. As the name suggests, wood grain and leather-clad The Grand Wagoneer was conceived as the ultimate expression of the platform. Part of that expression was gorgeous wood paneling on the flanks and tailgate. Like almost all “Woody’s” from the 1960s onwards, the paneling on the Jeep is petrochemical based and photo-textured. That’s good because nobody likes termites shivering their timber.
There is some wear on this wood, but it is not too bad and is surpassed by the wear in the clear coat on top of the Midnight Blue Metallic base. It’s pretty bad over all the horizontal surfaces of the cart. On the plus side, all the chrome appears straight and bright, and the factory alloy wheels appear to be completely up to the task.
The interior has Dark Sand upholstery and, showing its age, has an A/C system that blows on the occupants’ shins and looks downright thoughtful. With one notable exception (which we’ll get to in a minute), everything in the cabin seems functional and complete.
Powering the Wagoneer is an AMC 360 CID V8. When new, this engine only made 140 horsepower. More notable, however, is it offered 280 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a Chrysler 727 Torqueflite 3-speed automatic and Selec-Trac all-wheel drive. Dana 44 axles do the final work at both ends.
According to the ad, the cart comes with almost all consumables replaced. It also comes with 100,500 miles on its rolled-over odometer and clean title.
Okay, now for the two questions. The first is the headline, which the ad notes and images reinforce, isn’t there. It will need to be replaced if a new owner doesn’t want to feel like they are driving around a mobile shantytown. The second question is mostly for people in California or any of the other states that follow its emissions testing process. According to a blurb in the ad, the Jeep needs a smog test. It may seem like a big deal, but if it doesn’t pass the test, the title can’t be transferred. Again, it’s just a problem in a field that requires such testing. It’s a gamble if that’s the case.
To take that chance, someone would have to pay $13,750 for the honor, as that’s the asking price. What do you say, is it a fair deal for the cart as it sits? Or is that price a few thousand too high for this Grand Wagoneer?
Los Angeles, California, Craigslistor go here if the ad disappears.
H/T to Peter Ruth for the link!
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