Our ’87 here has spent her entire life in the Winter free climes of the Carolinas. That on its own isn’t spectacular but it can hardly come as news to anyone that classics from the warmer climes enjoy increased longevity. Carfax & Autocheck both confirm the Carolina registrations and the miles are actual with no accidents being reported.
Over $10,000 has been spent on this model’s renewal to elevate her to this appealing example. Now that kind of expenditure does not make her perfect or as new but most certainly places this ’87 in the very good to excellent condition driver quality. Plus, it delivers a nearly 30 year old 4×4 that is ready for you to take out and enjoy, reliably.
The light beige paint (yes, I know it looks white but it is actually the relatively rare factory beige) is fresh and looks superb against the newly applied wood grain siding. It makes a softer presentation than white and yet every bit as classic. The original narrow wood trim was reused to border the new wood grain and does exhibit some wear marks. The brilliant front grill frame was also replaced so she shines from nose to tail.
The tan cabin is mostly all original and in very good condition. That doesn’t mean mint but it certainly does further confirm the low use of under 3,000 miles covered per year over a 27 year life span. We changed out all the fitted carpeting in the cargo area but the balance is in nice condition. The small band of carpet at the bottom of the driver’s side door panel along with the front kick panels do exhibit some wear but most would glance right past it. The power door locks, power windows, (Including the rear widow operating via dash switch), power seats, air conditioning & heater are all working in top form. The stereo is a new JVC AM/FM/CD player and is a vast improvement over the factory installed original unit. Only the always finicky cruise control and remote power outside mirrors are not functioning. In short, the Jeep is sitting on GO.
The mechanicals are as ready to go as the rest of the ’87. Engine and transmission have all been checked out and service performed where required. The 4 wheel drive high (highway setting) has also been tested and is primed for any weather. Brakes and suspension systems have similarly been inspected. Thousands and thousands of dollars have just been spent on this Jeep’s electrical and mechanicals, things you wouldn’t necessarily see but needed looked after before qualifying as a Classic Gentleman Grand Wagoneer. Even those classic whitewall tires have been recently fitted.