Final Edition: 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

Talk about old-school-cool SUVs, this 1991 Wagoneer marked the end of an era and is one of the most sought-after in the current market. It can be yours if you check out this listing on eBay, from Tacoma, Washington. Let’s look closer!

For those of you unfamiliar, allow us to fill you in: The Wagoneer replaced the original Willys Jeep Station Wagon that had originally been introduced in July 1946, and Wagoneers cruised off the lot and onto roadways on multiple continents from 1962 to 1991. The new “SJ” platform on which Wagoneers rode was shared with the Gladiator pickup of the day, and went toe-to-toe with the offerings from the other major players in the SUV game.

Wagoneers were built by Willys-Overland / Kaiser, AMC, and eventually Chrysler, over a course of almost thirty years, which made them the second-longest-running Jeep product, and the longest-running U.S. domestic vehicle on one platform. They were considered more luxurious and rode much more like a car than the mostly-utilitarian units from the competition. They could be had in multiple configurations, with a number of powertrains and “creature-comfort” accessories, and they were used by a number of law-enforcement and government agencies. Long story short: Wagoneers were great, with a very loyal following, but they eventually had to step aside when the world moved on.

The example which we present to you today is a bit of a rare bird to start with, as only about 1,500 were produced in that final production year. The “Final Edition” was more of a gimmick than anything, but it meant that the vehicle had been purchased after the February of 1991 announcement that there would be no more of them.

The seller gives us some excellent pictures and a pretty straightforward description. We are told that it has no rust, has traveled 132,000 miles on its 360-cubic-inch V8 with automatic transmission, and is finished in a shade of green that allegedly was only applied on a handful of them. We’re told also that everything works as it should, and that is has no blemishes, nor has it ever seen off-road conditions. It has the.  From the pictures alone, one could gather that it is in amazing condition for the miles.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly want one of these. For this one in particular: If you told me it had 100,000 fewer miles, I would believe you. The bids are already at nearly $12,000 with six days left on the auction, and I wager it will sell for a tidy sum, as the market for these units has skyrocketed in the last 5-to-10 years.

I dig it, how about you? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Bakyrdhero Bakyrdhero Member

    I didn’t realize these made it into the nineties. I would have put the last one at 1987. I’ve never driven one, but I’m a Jeep fan and I’ll always admire these from afar. Kudos to the seller for not trying to claim 32,000 original miles.

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    • Just another car guy

      The AMC Eagles I’ve owned had 6-digit odometers, probably this does as well.

      Lots of AMC interior pieces on these and of course the last gasp of the AMC V8 line. That 360 V8 looks absolutely choked with emission control gadgetry. I guess that’s what it took to meet standards with a carb in the early 1990s. Scary!

      I always thought it was kind of strange that with AC being an option on these Jeeps from 1964-1991 the dash never had integral air vents designed in.

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    • That AMC Guy

      The AMC Eagles I’ve owned had 6-digit odometers, probably this does as well.

      Lots of AMC interior bits and pieces on these and of course the last gasp of the AMC V8 line. That 360 V8 looks absolutely choked with emission control gadgetry. I guess that’s what it took to meet standards with a carb in the early 1990s. Scary!

      I always thought it was kind of strange that with AC being an option on these Jeeps from 1964-1991 the dash never had integral air vents designed in.

      The early versions of this truck manufactured by Kaiser had some interesting engineering features such as an overhead-cam six cylinder engine and an optional torsion-bar independent front suspension available even on 4WD models.

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      • Michael Abate

        6 Digit odometers 82/83 partial half year change, I believe. Hard to tell the round gauges are 6 digit, for they don’t have a zero on far left, but once it flips a 1 pops up.

    • Mike

      Grand SUV! I have owned a 1988, 1989 and purchased a 1991 Final Edition that I still own (84,000 miles). The 360 is rated at 144 HP only but have enough torque to drive to pull a stump out of the ground if needed! A place in Texas and another in New York will take late model (1985-1991) Grand Wagoneers and restore with some modern updates like fuel injection and see for often times over $60K. The Hunter Green Metallic I believe was the rarest color. My GW is the Gray Mist Metallic with the burgundy interior. Remains a fun vehicle to take to Coffee and Cars or other events And my children all have fond memories of riding in “James”! Good luck to the seller and I know the new owner will enjoy their Jeep.

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  2. Rick

    I absolutely love your web site but have never commented until now.

    These Jeep Wagoneers have been a part of our family’s DNA since they were first unveiled and the last Jeep I drove was a 1991 model much like this.

    If you are expecting a gas efficient, silent cabin and cushioned ride I suggest you don’t bid on this.

    However, if you wish to throw in your hip waders, rod, golf clubs and the family dog into the back for a weekend escape where it’s just you and the pup then grab this beast and enjoy the best time of your life behind the wheels of this legendary SUV.

    I have had Denalis, Escalades and now a GL 450 Mercedes but NOTHING compares to owning one of these.

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    • Mike

      I agree. I enjoy still having my 1991 GW even with owning a Denali!

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      • Mike Brown

        I almost bought one of these a few years ago. It was well maintained and in excellent condition. Dark blue/tan interior, which seems to be the most common color combination. It had about 60k fully documented miles and everything worked the way it should. The seller wanted $5k and it was definitely worth the money. The reason I didn’t buy it? No low range! I kick myself EVERY time I see one for sale these days!

      • Michael Abate

        Mike Brown, well start to kick yourself again, because they all, after 79, I believe, had low range. Definitely 85-91. Unless not stock.

  3. Steve

    The original luxury SUV.

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  4. Poppapork

    I keep having these visions of full size jeeps (maybe not as nice as this one) with2.5 ton rockwell axles front and back, with the diff pans facing down and pinion disc brakes…. and 3 shift knobs inside!(not sure whats the 3rd one for).
    Thata gotta be a fever I’m having…

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    • Stevieg Member

      The third shift lever, if you really want one, could be for an older cable operated plow. Just a thought!

  5. Gate1967 Member

    Had the privilege to drive in these in the 80’s & 90’s. I am still a fan of them. Great beach vehicle. Seem them around everyday. I always look when driving around.

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  6. Aftab Rasheed

    Jeep Willys and Wagoneer were dream machines if their times until the word SUV was not in fashion. My Father (Late) was a Government servant and a good hunter who would use his Willys driving on off road back home, crossing water canals, driving in desert for hunting. It was strong, unparalleled matchless machines of that time. Jeep Wagoneer was its a bit luxury (of its time) and better model for the same off road purpose. I think Jeep Wagoneer would be a great launch if company consider it relaunching their legendary model equipped with latest equipment in it. I am fan of “JEEP” .

  7. Scott

    I grew up in a pretty ritzy small town that is a suburb of Minneapolis on the lake, and the town was crawling with these in the late ’80s, long before the days of Denalis and Escalades. My wife (then girlfriend) nannied for a family that had a green one exactly like this one. One day I was driving it with her and the kids, and parked on main street to catch a movie at the local one-screen theatre. When we came out, we got in, but the key wouldn’t fit in the ignition (nobody locked cars then), and we figured out we got in the wrong one that had parked right in front of the one we drove. No harm, no foul; we just switched Wagoneers and headed home.

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  8. Joe Haska

    Just like anything these cars many dedicated followers, I have seen thousands of dollars spent towards restoration. Why would you bother doing that, I would just buy this one. Bid is at 18K now and I don’t think its done.

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  9. Guggie 13

    I have owned and driven several of these , love this one , very well cared for , would love this one, too far away from me . I will bet the price will go up a lot before this auction is over , and someone is gonna end up with one beautiful jeep

  10. Michael Abate

    You all should check out the two on http://www.JimBabishAuto.com

    https://www.jimbabishauto.com/used-jeep-grand_wagoneer/

    nice pair of units!

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