Here is a great piece with a story to match. This ’83 Wagoneer Limited was priced at the then tidy sum of $18,192.00. The Pennsylvania business man who purchased her founded his own company just one year prior. This Wagoneer was his personal car and reward for planting a very successful company. Over the years his company grew to an 8 figure enterprise that served him and his heirs well. Our Wagoneer owner however never lost sight of his more common beginnings and even when others in his company would travel by private plane, our long term owner kept driving his Wagoneer. He was admired by many for his accomplishments but in true American fashion, loved by all the locals who watched him spin around town for decades in his classic Jeep.
The original Window Sticker along with the original Owner’s Manual, Dealer Directory, Maintenance / Warranty Guides & Warranty Cards were all placed in the Jeep’s glove box back in 1983 and never removed. The Jeep was fastidiously maintained over all those years by the doting original owner and that is probably why she is still performing beautifully. So yes, the engine, transmission. 4 wheel drive (High / Highway setting), power steering, power brakes and all the power options from the windows, door locks, seats and mirrors to the heat and air conditioning are functioning well. From the dashboard clock to the cigarette lighter, she is still spinning down the roads like 1983 all over again. Just the cruise control, which never did work well anyway, isn’t functioning. Lastly, if you need to be reminded how far car stereos have improved over the past 30 years, the original Jeep AM/FM radio is still in place, granny static sound and all.
The piece’s cosmetic condition is beautiful driver’s quality. Not mint, not perfect but still very good indeed. The deep burgundy paint was refinished by the long term owner some time ago and shines up wonderfully with just some minor brush touch ups done / needed. The wood siding is similarly appealing shape with, like the paint, a few marks that are expected with any near 30 year classic that traveled just 85,067 miles . If the next owner feels led, the vinyl wood siding near the gas cap area is the only spot of the wood that could use some attention, along with a blemish on the lower wood side driver’s door. Nothing complicated to tend to but conversely, many would glance right passed it.
If your already impressed with the exterior than the interior will really persuade you. The cabin’s beige leather seats look handsome contrasting the burgundy and wood exterior. The light leather seats of course show the comfort wrinkles earned over the decades but that does not detract from the cabin’s classic style and comfortable feel, The carpeting, door panels , dashboard and even the headliner are all in dapper shape.
This Wagoneer Limited was one of 19,000 AMC/Jeep produced back in 1983 but that is where the commonality ends. Out of all those Wagoneers, how many do you think led as charming a life or to this day stand as tall as this one? ….And that is why she is with us.