Tuesday, August 27, 2013

3k: It's Not Easy Being Green: 1973 Jeep Wagoneer

The Jeep Wagoneer was arguably the world's first luxury 4x4 sport utility vehicle, combining rugged off-road capability with a few touches of luxury (wood panels, comfy interior, etc).   Unfortunately, the combination of rugged off-road chassis and luxury features/performance add up to one heavyweight gas guzzler and consumables cruncher; tires, brakes, etc. will need to be replaced more often than a standard car-based wagon.  The result is a car that isn't quite collectible like a sports car, and may not be practical as a daily driver like many other cheap classics. For a vintage SUV, the cost of a good example is often equal to the cost of gas for a year.  This is good news for someone who just needs an extra car for hauling duty or offroading fun and doesn't need a trailer queen.  Find this 1973 Jeep Wagoneer for sale in Portland, OR for $2,900.  Seller submission from Ian.


The early Wagoneers were built by Willys-Overland Motors which later changed its name to Kaiser Jeep Corporation.  Kaiser Jeep was then swallowed by AMC in 1970 and the Wagoneer got an injection of AMC engines/powertrains and philosophy.


This Wagoneer is powered by a 360 cubic inch (5.9 liter) V8 putting out 195 horsepower into a 3-speed automatic transmission.  The featured Wagoneer has had its engine recently rebuilt and features AMC's Quadratrac permanent all-wheel-drive system.


Honestly the coolest thing about this car is the Fairway Green paint over the green cloth interior - what a money combo. Over the Brooks Stevens designed body of a classic FSJ (fullsize Jeep), green on green works perfectly. See a better lake house road trip car? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

3 comments:

  1. So I just told my wife its time for the long talked about trip to the west coast. Fly out, buy something like this and make it mine by driving leisurely back to the Smoky Mountains where we live....ahhh

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  2. Lake-house road-trip car, perfect: http://powerslacker.com/images/wab.jpg

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    1. What About Bob?...nice. Don't forget the "bear dump" scene with the Grand Wagoneer in The Great Outdoors!

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