When discussing a luxury off-roader, everyone used to think of a Range Rover. Fortunately, that spectrum is now somewhat broader with the Bentayga and Cullinan. And now, with the latest trend, Restomods! This time no prestigious Tophat, but an absolute pioneer. A Jeep Wagoneer. A car that, let’s be honest, does not come quickly to mind. But it does stand for luxury, ease of use and off-road capability. And so, besides the Discovery and the G-Class, a record cult hero was born in the States. In 1963 she came for the first time on the market and was built till 1993 on basis of -almost the same- ladderchassis.
When Jeep, in the late 80s, thought they could do absolutely nothing with their icons, they wanted to do cross-pollination. Something we understand technically, but also as something that often doesn’t go so well… So the Jeep Wagoneer became the Cherokee Wagoneer, there was a Wagoneer Limited, the Grand Cherokee and for the people who thought the ‘new’ one looked a bit too modern, the Grand Cherokee Wagoneer. Wait… Hold up and hold my beer, burger and double barrel. What?
The difference? A PVC wood boarding around the car and some extra leather. Sentiment, darling, sentiment! You don’t get it!
Ours? As it should be today. Sorry Jeep Commander, but you lost us. We’re going back to memory lane with this Wagoneer. Concessions? Neuh. An LS3 V8 with 430 hp, mated to an automatic. The chassis has been completely revised and helped by Brembo and Bilstein. Optically entirely original, under the skin extremely toxic. See you at the next traffic light, neighbour.