The Jeep Grand Wagoneer was the world’s first luxury SUV. Lined with plush leather, thick carpeting, a cushy ride, a fancy stereo, and power-operated everything—doors, seats, windows, even the tailgate glass—it was capable of transforming, at the flick of a switch, from an insulated freeway cruiser to an all-wheel-drive snow- and mud-conquering monster. The stylish family car was not only a prescient innovator in the marketplace, carving out space for players such as Land Rover’s Range Rover, but it also had something for everyone.
“It has always been a bit of a preppy vehicle, at least as far as your part of the world, the Northeast, is concerned,” says Chip Miller, who, along with his founder father, Leon, runs Wagonmaster, a Kerrville (Texas) shop dedicated to buying and selling the world’s finest low-mileage vintage Grand Wagoneers. “When you get down here in our part of the world, it was a great ranch vehicle, to be able to drive around the ranch, and then still get on the highway and get into town, so we used them in agriculture.”