That ‘70s SUV: 1976 Jeep Wagoneer 4x4

  • February 17, 2021
The Rundown
  • 360ci V8 Engine
  • Automatic Transmission
  • 4-Wheel Drive
  • Highly Original, Great Color
  • 95,850 Owner Stated Miles
  • Iconic American SUV
Why We Like It

From 1963 through 1983, the Wagoneer nameplate was used on the full-size wagons, with the smaller XJ Wagoneer design introduced in ’84 and the full-size version changed to Grand Wagoneer until production ceased in 1991. Called the “ultimate four-wheel drive experience” in period literature, the Jeep Wagoneer was widely regarded as America’s four-door, four-wheel drive luxury vehicle. This was because many of the conveniences that you found standard on the Wagoneer that were extra-cost items on its competitors in the four-wheel drive market. The Wagoneer gave you “extra toughness to get you where you’re headed…in style.”


that-70s-suv-1976-jeep-wagoneer-4x477460173-770-0@2XThis Sunshine Yellow Wagoneer is equipped a 360ci V8 engine mated to an automatic transmission and appears to be well-preserved and maintained. Before these rugged Jeeps were sought-after collectables as they are now, many led a hard life, suffering through salty weather conditions, off-road beatings, and extensive owner modifications. This one is a bit of a survivor, though. It looks to be largely original with the exception of one repaint in the original color of Saxon Yellow. We love that woodgrain insert running down the side and the original wheel covers – so ‘70s. The original interior is not perfect with a small crack in the dash speaker grill and evidence of some splitting beginning on the front set, but well-preserved for its age. The owner mentions the car runs and drives great and the 4-wheel drive is working, but it needs attention in some areas, including the non-operable cruise control, the auxiliary fuel tank, and the A/C. Overall, it’s a good-looking driver quality Wagoneer with a few small bumps and bruises. These automobiles are fun and very useful to own with loads of character and mid-seventies charm.


Valuation Verdict

While the more luxurious later model Grand Wagoneers from the ‘80s and early ‘90s have been popular with collectors for some time now, the earlier ones are less common and less valuable, in general. They’re great vehicles, though, and the older models are slowly starting to catch up, value-wise. Finding a clean one this old can be a challenge, but restorations are starting to make more sense as demand grows. Hagerty values a #2 or “excellent” car at $22,600, and a #3 “good” one at $16,100, while comparable examples sell in the $15-$20k range when they rarely come up for auction. The seller on this one says he’s open to offers, so coming into negotiations informed with real life results may conclude in a fair market purchase of this really cool vintage Wagoneer.

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