The XJ (1983-2001) was all of AMC’s engineering might shoved into a lifted family wagon shape. Jeep sold 3 million of these things during their two decade production run, so you have plenty to choose from, but the one you want is going to be equipped with a 4.0 liter AMC inline-6 and isn’t rusting from the bottom. Today’s example is fortunate enough to be equipped with that sweet inline-6 and a manual gearbox, plus it has the Chief trim, which means you get to enjoy the plaid-pattern cloth interior upholstery and none of the silly chrome of the higher level trims. Find this 1987 Jeep Cherokee Chief XJ offered for $6,800 in Roseville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The classic SJ generation Jeep Wagoneer was produced from 1962 through 1991 by and holds the unique title of being the world’s first luxury 4X4 sport utility vehicle and the choice of wealthy Hamptons’ housewives. The Grand prefix didn’t appear until 1984, but the last vehicles to come from the Toledo assembly plant are arguably the best and are priced accordingly. However, today’s example seems to be a good price when you consider what wealthy nostalgic fueled buyers seem to plunk down for sorted version of these. Find this 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer offered for $13,000 in Dripping Springs, TX via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The 2nd generation of the Jeep Wrangler was known as the “TJ” and it was built from 1997 through 2006. This is probably the best year you can get for a car, if you ask the luddites around the DT HQ — it is new enough to have safety features like seat belts and ABS, […]
In 1999 the United States Marine Corps put out a request for a small light reconnaissance vehicle that could be transported by a V-22 Osprey. This new vehicle would be a replacement for the aging M151 Jeep and it emphasized speed and agility over armor and beef. General Dynamics won the contract the produced a few thousand of these for the US Military at a cost of $100k-$200k each depending on configuration….and that was the price before options like mortars and .50 cal machine guns. Today’s example is offered at a fraction of the initial price…must have been built by Audi. Find this 2010 General Dynamics M1161 ITV-PM Growler bidding for $13,000 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Fairhope, PA.
I am constantly amazed at how much Fiat-Chrysler-Daimler-Stellantis can charger for a new Jeep Wrangler. The things start at $28k MSRP but can exceed $50k with options. Really, people are willing to shell out $50k for a car built on a chassis designed during WWII? For my money, I’d get 10 used Wranglers for the same amount of cash…or just one Wrangler and save the cash for a getaway home in the high desert somewhere. Find this 1988 Jeep Wrangler offered for $4400 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
The word gladiator comes from Latin; gladius (sword), gladiator (swordsman). In ancient times, gladiators were rough and tough mercenaries who braved the dangers of the Roman arenas and fought in elaborate battles for the entertainment of the masses. Gladiators fights are said to have started as early as 300BC and continued for almost 1,000 years before the adaptation of Christianity within the Roman Empire ended the death for entertainment industry. A few thousand years later, Jeep picked the name Gladiator for their rough and tough mercenary pickup truck… and the only question is, will it still be fighting a thousand years from now? Find this 1984 Jeep Gladiator offered for $9,800 in Placida, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
To the average person muddling through life like a canoer with a golf club for a paddle, an XJ Cherokee Sport is just another old junker. But to people who have their act together, like those with a Yamaha VMAX hooked their canoe, they smile when they see an XJ Sport. The XJ (1983-2001) was all of AMC’s engineering might shoved into a lifted family wagon shape. Jeep sold 3 million of these things during their two decade production run, so you have plenty to choose from, but the one you want is going to be equipped with a 4.0 liter AMC inline-6 and isn’t rusting from the bottom. Find this 2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ Sport offered for $7,250 in Cliffside, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car gave me a real shock. It is the ultimate DT; Double Take; Daily Turismo; Delirium Tremens; Devil’s Tailgate; Doomsday Turkeybaster, Dunkin Tourniquet; Deepfake Talisman; Deft Turk; Decent Torque; Don’t Tighten; Dandy Toxicity; Dumb Tangent; Double Tonsil; Diametrically Tearse; Dilapidated Transom; Dancing Terrapin; Demonically Turmeric; Digital Turpentine; Demonstrably Terrible…no…Demonstrably Terrific…yesss…that’s the one I’m looking for. I knew I’d get there in the end. Find this 1952 Willys Honda N600 offered for $3,500 in Grandview, TX via forkbook marketpork. Tip from PB.
The AMC Eagle was the original crossover. It combined a car-like chassis/ride with a truck-like raised suspension and off-roading capability. Today’s example is modified version, but it looks cool and has as much clearance as a Jeep. Find this 1983 AMC Eagle 4X4 offered for $9999 in San Luis Obispo, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: I confess I am not a Jeep person myself, but I know people who won’t drive anything else, and I can understand their appeal if you spend any time off road. Here is a pristine example complete with recent new engine and hardtop. I find it ironic that some many Jeeps are driven by poseurs (broseurs?) because the Jeep is such a non-poseur from an engineering/design/tech perspective — it is a big middle finger to progress. It’s body on frame with suspension derived from an ox-cart, has a pushrod engine that could be at home on a boat, the aerodynamics of a Windsor Castle, and seats taken from a stagecoach…and that goes for any Jeep made by Willys in 1940 to a Jeep made by Stellantis today. Haha Stellantis. I can’t stop laughing. Find this 1987 Jeep Wrangler Laredo 4.0 offered for $5500 in Richmond TX, a suburb of Houston via craigslist.