1987 Jeep (SJ) Grand Wagoneer



Price: SOLD

Mileage: 65,200 Miles

Engine: 5.9-Liter V8 Engine

Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic Transmission

Exterior color: Charcoal Metallic (4M)

Interior: Burgundy Cordovan Leather / Cloth Interior

VIN: 1JCNJ15U8HT027959

Additional features:

Marine Teak Wood Grain Styling

2WD to 4WD Shift on the Fly

Select Track 4WD

Grand Wagoneer Luxury Interior Trim

Jenson Accusound Stereo System

Air Conditioning

6-Way Power Bucket Front Seats

Leather Tilt Steering Wheels

Front Armrest

Power Door Locks

Power Windows

Power Tailgate Window

Power Mirrors

Power Steering

Cruise Control

Electric Digital Clock

Carpeted Grand Wagoneer Floor Mats

Halogen Headlights

Halogen Fog Lights

OEM Roof Rack

OEM Ski Rack

Trailer Hitch

Bike Carrier

Stock and Original

15-Inch Aluminum Wheels

Cooper Radial LT Tires

Clean Carfax


1987 Jeep (SJ) Grand Wagoneer exterior photo

The Jeep SJ Wagoneer was one of the first evolutions of what would become the modern SUV. Released in the early 1960s it beat the Ford Bronco, Chevy Blazer, and International Scout to market by several years. It was originally marketed as a station wagon since the term SUV didn’t exist yet, but what it offered were luxurious appointments, a spacious interior for passengers and cargo, and proper off road capabilities thanks to a rugged four-wheel-drive system. After two-decades, in 1984 the Grand Wagoneer was released as the up-market counterpart to the new compact Jeep Cherokee. The SJ body was so popular that it remained largely unchanged from the original until 1989—a 29 year run! The 1987 and later Grand Wagoneers were the best of the lot, featuring a 5.9-liter V8 engine, power bucket seats, a Jenson Accusound stereo system, air conditioning, and fifteen inch wheels with self-sealing Michelin tires along with a host of other amenities. But the most prominent feature was marine teak styled wood grain trim, continuing the “woody” theme from the original. The Wagoneers have enjoyed considerable appreciation in recent years thanks to their nostalgic place in history, and the childhoods of generations who grew up in the back of the Jeep woody.


 exterior photo

This 1987 Charcoal Metallic over Burgundy Grand Wagoneer is an outstanding example with only 65,200 miles. It is as original as they come with all of the Grand Wagoneer options outlined above. It was originally delivered by Bill Salidas AMC / Jeep / Renault in Chicago Illinois in 1987 and promptly moved to Sun Valley Idaho, where it resided at a vacation home for the next 32 years. It traded hands several times within the same family, until coming to Colorado with a family friend last summer. There are maintenance records dating to 2009 showing regular services. Highlights of the work performed are several differential, transfer case, and transmission services, along with brakes, tune-ups, and regular oil changes. The Carfax is clean and dates back to the original delivery. As it sits, it is an exceptional example of a Jeep Grand Wagoneer in near time-capsule condition. The cosmetic and mechanical condition is detailed below. It is not eligible for sale in an emissions county, as most of the emissions equipment was removed, but it is included with the truck. Also included is a hitch mounted bike rack. We would like to find a new owner who will enjoy it for the next chapter of its story.


1987 Jeep (SJ) Grand Wagoneer exterior photo

Overall the exterior is in good condition, and indicative of the mileage with some age-related patina and wear. The Charcoal Metallic paint is in good condition, but definitely shows lots of small imperfections, scratches, and chips. It paint gauges at between 2 and 4 mils with the exception of the left rear quarter panel, which gauges at 7 to 19 mils. The right rear quarter has a small indent behind the rear bumper where it was pushed in at some point; there is light damage on the tailgate as well. The wood trim is intact and in very good shape with only very minor cracks in some places. There is surface rust on exposed areas and on the undercarriage hardware, but none of it is terminal. The windshield has some pitting but has no cracks. The headlights, taillights and markers are all clear and crack-free, but both fog light lenses are cracked. The two-tone factory aluminum wheels have some nicks in the lips and some scratches in the finish. The Cooper tires have ancient DOT dates and should be replaced, we are willing to assist with this prior to it leaving our hands if a distance buyer desires for the drive home.


 interior photo

The interior is consistent with the exterior, being overall in very good shape. There are no odors and no indication it has been smoked in. The leather and cloth seats have no tears or bolster wear, but do have some creasing. Factory carpeted floor mats have protected the underlying carpet. The dashboard in good condition, as is the steering wheel, but the latter does have some wear in the leather. All factory functions work correctly. The heat blows hot and the air-conditioning blows cold; the blower motor is quiet. The Jenson stereo sounds great and is an awesome nostalgic attribute. The door cards are clean, but the headliner is sagging above the rear seats. The tailgate power rear window operates correctly, but the tailgate latch can be finicky. One set of keys and the owners’ manual are included, along with the maintenance records.


 engine photo

There are no major mechanical gripes, the current owner drove it back from Sun Valley, Idaho and has been driving it in fair weather without issue ever since. The 5.9-liter engine requires a little throttle pedal to start from a cold start, but once it warms up, it idles smoothly and pulls strongly through the rev range. There are multiple oil leaks typical of its age, but nothing requiring immediate attention. The transmission shifts smoothly and the 4x4 system functions correctly. There are no excessive driveline vibrations. The shocks and springs are serviceable, but on the softer side and there is a little rear-end sag. As stated above, all of the emissions equipment has been removed; it is currently registered in a non-emissions county and will be required to be sold in one. The original emissions controls and catalytic convertor are included in the sale, but their functionality is unknown.