Rare in Blue: 1979 Jeep Wagoneer

We don’t often get to see the Jeep Wagoneer in anything other than a shade of brown or perhaps white, and more often than not, as a later model with woodgrain trim. This early Wagoneer skirts both of those traditions for a lovely shade of two-tone blue paint, and the seller notes its long-time residence in Montana has kept it incredibly dry and straight underneath. There is still some mild rust to contend with, but the condition of the interior more than makes up for it. Find the Wagoneer here on eBay with bids to $11K and the reserve unmet.

The seller indicates that the mileage reading of 51,006 is genuine, and the condition of the interior certainly supports that claim. The bench seat shows virtually no wear, and the same goes for the carpets. The dash is likewise spotless and crack-free, and the door panels have clearly never been modified. The lights, blinkers, horn, heat, defrost, and A/C are all said to work, though the air conditioning will need a charge – which it is getting this week. Photos show a similarly clean cargo bay and backseat.

Mechanically-speaking, much has been done. The braking system received new brake shoes, drums, and wheel cylinders; the transmission benefits from new cooler lines, fluids, and filter; new power steering hoses and steering shock and coupler have been installed; the transfer case rebuilt; and the carb and timing adjustment sorted out (but no specifics offered on what this included.) The seller claims he took it on a recent 300-mile journey without issue, and that the Wagoneer has been maintained regularly.

It certainly looks that way based on the clear glass, original hubcaps, shiny chrome, and laser-straight panels. The paint appears nice and deep, but no word on whether it’s original. With the reserve unmet and just a few hours left in the auction, it may be difficult for this clean Wagoneer to find a new home, and it’s not the first time I’ve seen an early one end up in the unsold pile. The later Grand Wagoneers seem to do well both as projects and trailer queens, while models like these go unsold – but such a pretty truck should still have no problem finding a new home.

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  1. Fred W

    I’m not even Jeep guy but I love this truck! I’ll bet the mileage is legit on this one.

  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    Wow, what a great looking truck.

  3. The one

    In that condition it should go 300 miles no prob, what about 3000?

  4. MFerrell

    We had a ’78 back in the day. During a pretty severe ice storm, the tractor got stuck, we used the Jeep to pull it out.

  5. guggie

    This is a base Wagoneer without all the flash of a Grand , that being said this is a nice Jeep , Have had several all were good , and Great in Ice and snow ,mud.

  6. Robert Eddins

    Those colors do not work together. Love the vehicle.
    Had a Willys Wagoneer and a rock hit the auto tranny at El Gulfo below Yuma and it was never any good, lucky to have made it back to Yuma. On 1.36 an hour at a grocery store I cwould not afford to get it rebuilt. So traded it for a Suzuki 400 Enduro which ran great but the suspension was really on good for the street. I sure miss that Willy….should put it on blocks in our back yard…..but I was a dumb immature 17 yr. old. I.m still kinda immature for 67 just not as dumb. Oh….if we.d all just kept all our now auto treasures. You could buy 55….56 Chevy trucks then for 500.00. Ugh.

  7. Little_Cars Little_Cars Member

    You never, NEVER, see this year with full wheelcovers instead of alloy wheels, tone tone paint from the factory and no woodgrain. Last of the manly trucks before all you could get were the frilly Grand Cherokees and rectangular headlight model CJs.

  8. Ryan Hilkemann

    Same year as mine but mine is a cherokee cheif with a yearly 70s grill.

  9. johnny

    Nice looking Jeep. Looks like it was well cared for. They went really good. I,d rather have this then a new one.More vehicle for the money . Then any new one anyday.

  10. David Ulrey Member

    This really is a refreshing change. I have had 2 full-size ones and of course one was beige and the other was brown. Great vehicles (except in the MPG department) and I really liked mine but I’m so tired of brown ones that I don’t even open them when I see one here. I do have a different opinion than one of the comments, to me this is a wonderful color combination. Worth the money.

  11. -T.

    Auction ended with it selling for just a bit over 12k. My money says it will resurface, more thoroughly detailed, on another auction site, where it will bring stupid money.

  12. john s

    Winning bid was $12,634.00. i think it was worth it.

    • nycbjr Member

      Seems like a steal!


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