West Coast Ride: 1969 Jeep SJ Wagoneer – Sold!
Nearly thirty years in production with minimal changes is an achievement only a handful of vehicles such as this 1969 Jeep Wagoneer listed on Craigslist in Rehoboth, Rhode Island can lay claim to. Now sporting a rebuilt Chevrolet 350 cubic inch small block V8, the current caretaker of the past several years is asking $10,500. Researching the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the seller’s asking price falls between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $15,900 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $9,800.
Jeep produced its SJ Wagoneer as a luxury 4×4 while under the ownership of several different automakers from 1962 to 1991. Originally marketed as a station wagon, the pioneering design created the luxury 4X4 niche and became known in time as a “sport utility vehicle” (SUV). The four-wheel-drive Wagoneer stayed in production for 29 model-years from 1963 through 1991 with a virtually unchanged body-structure, making it the third longest-produced single generation car in U.S. automotive history.
Jeep introduced the Wagoneer in the fall of 1962 as a successor to the Willys Jeep Station Wagon that itself had been in production nearly twenty years prior. Although based on Jeep’s pickup truck chassis, the Wagoneer utilized a station wagon body design with styling that was more carlike than any other 4×4 on the market. Together with the Gladiator Truck, the revolutionary Wagoneer SJ platform sported an advanced overhead cam “Tornado” straight-six engine and offered features unheard of at the time in any other mainstream four-wheel-drive vehicle, such as independent front suspension, power steering, automatic transmission, factory radio, and optional air-conditioning.
The Wagoneer made its debut seven years before Land Rover launched its Range Rover in Great Britain, 18 years before the 4-door, and 24 years before that upscale marque appeared in the US. Here is a TV commercial from the Osborn Tramain collection that can found on YouTube:
While the later model SJs certainly had plenty of luxury amenities, the earlier models are now so rare it nice to remember how clean the body looks without faux wood paneling covering its sides. Having spent most of its life out west, we like this example does not need any attention to the body. The low mileage Chevy small block likely also provides more than enough torque both on and off road. The only thing we would add is a new muffler before hitting the trail. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Great vehicle in great shape—she’s been my daily driver for a few years now and is a ton of fun!
This was a West Coast ride that was undercoated before being brought to New England; so aside from some blistering in the usual places, the body is in remarkable shape and the frame is rock solid.
Its got a rebuilt Chevy 350 under the hood with less than 20k miles on it, and the odometer shows the original 89k miles that are on the car.
If you want it quiet, it’ll need an exhaust system…but I like it loud. The muffler is off right now but will come with it.
Ive got thousands of dollars of spare parts and accessories that will come with the sale, including a powder coated, frame mounted grill brush guard, replacement windows, and other odds and ends.
The vintage roof racks, basket, and off road lights will come with the Jeep but can be negotiated out for a lower number.
If you have any questions feel free to call or text; I’ll entertain reasonable offers but only in person.
Not interested in insurance checks,third-party pick-up/deliveries, or any other scams, and I don’t need help selling it.
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