1985 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The Jeep Wagoneer debuted in 1962 and is considered to be the father of the SUV phenomenon. Development of the Wagoneer began in the early 1960ʼs by famed industrial designer, Brooks Stevens. Development costs of the Wagoneer were approximately $20 million, an investment which paid off, considering the model was in continuous production, under four different suitors, from 1962 to 1991. Only the VW Beetle was in production longer. Management had continued to move the Wagoneer upscale over the years, since thatʼs where the profits were. The passenger car division of American Motors (AMC), now the parent company, continued to struggle and the Jeep division meant big profits for AMC.

For the 1984 model year, the “Grand Wagoneer” nameplate debuted and inherently defined a fully loaded, plush SUV (“Wagoneer”, “Custom” and “Brougham” names were dropped). AMC made approximately $6,000 on each unit produced, a huge sum and what kept the company alive. This Grand Wagoneer is a well preserved example. It received new (simulated) woodgrain siding in October 2014 and has an updated sound system but aside from that, is an original vehicle.

A total of 17,814 vehicles were produced in 1985 and marks the final year of the “old school” round instrument faces and dashboard layout. The 1986 model received an updated instrument panel and dashboard and from there remained largely unchanged through the end of the production run.

Chrysler Corporation purchased American Motors in March of 1987 and continued producing the Grand Wagoneer until June 21, 1991. These vehicles have received a popular resurgence the last few years and well preserved examples are selling for more than what they did when new. The 1991 model year is highly sought after since it was the last year of manufacture and production numbers were low (1,560).

Auto Spec Sheet

Year: 1985
Make: Jeep
Model: Grand Wagoneer
Style: 4 door
Serial No: N/A
Odometer: N/A
Engine Cyl: N/A
Engine Size: N/A
Engine HP: N/A
Trans: N/A

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