In the 1940s and ‘50s, wood-adorned Fords, Chryslers, Packards and even Nashes were all the rage. But perhaps the most iconic and recognizable woodie is the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which had wood on its sides until 1991. I recently heard a story from a Jeep engineer that the Grand Wagoneer’s wood may have been hiding…
The SUV makes sense as a luxury car—it’s big, it shows you have money to burn (at least on gas), and it has room for all of your squash rackets—but when, exactly, did the buying public of the world figure this out?
Jeep is planning world domination of the SUV market over the next five years with the 2014 Renegade, an all-new replacement for the Compass and Patriot in 2016, redesigns of the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee in 2017, and a Suburban-sized SUV reviving the Grand Wagoneer badge in 2018.
Somewhat lost in yesterday's Jeep press conference was news the off-road brand will, in two years, resurrect the Grand Wagoneer nameplate — the vehicle with the second longest continuous automotive production run in U.S. history.
Chrysler bought what was left of AMC in 1987, it's a little sad to see this woodgrain-bedecked Pre Cupholder Era SUV from 1986- back when SUVs were honest about their truckness- about to be crushed.