This 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a wonderful classic with an almighty V8
No ordinary V8 – there's Hellcat heart underneath that body
At some point in the not so distant future, we might be gifted with the introduction of an all-new Jeep Wagoneer but until then, we're going to have to make do with old ones. And that's no bad thing because, as you can see from the pictures, some of these vehicles are properly gorgeous.
This is a 1989 Grand Wagoneer, sold at auction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 23. On the outside, you'll find the iconic faux wood paneling and beautifully preserved Bright Red paint with chrome elements here and there.
Inside, there's a beige on beige on wooden beige scheme with seats made with a combination of Light Tan leather and what definitely looks like velour. Or maybe it's just cloth. The dashboard is also made of wood and everything is original except for the aftermarket radio/stereo system.
However, when it comes to what's under the hood, things are very different. The original 144-hp, 380-Nm 5.9 L V8 has been replaced with a Hellcat 6.4 L V8 making 707 hp and 645 torques. Texas-based Black Mountain Conversions, the company that did the job, also used a brand new exhaust manifold out of a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
The original three-speed automatic is still there, though. And so are the part-time four-wheel drive and low-range gearing. The suspension has been improved with four-wheel semi-elliptic leaf springs and new rear axles and the brakes have also been modified.
The car has done 52,000 miles and comes in great condition and even though a final auction price hasn't been quoted, it's fair to assume it eventually ended up being sold for a considerable amount of money.