Filed Under: Even grander the second time around.
Overview: Classic, low-mileage Jeep Grand Wagoneers lovingly restored by gentleman, grandfather, and "Wagonmaster" Leon Miller, together with his son, Leon III, the next-generation Wagonmaster. Thousands of customers worldwide have taken delivery of Wagonmaster Wagoneers, and by Miller's count, roughly 1/3 of those customers are architects or designers. In other words, people whose daily trade is in aesthetics choose the Grand Wagoneer as their daily driver. Telling, isn't it? Still, you don't need any certain degree to identify the special, timeless beauty inherent to the Grand Wagoneer's design, to appreciate the 4x4 drivetrain, the wooden walls, the understated strength. Have a look yourself, and lament for a moment that they don't make 'em like this anymore; then celebrate, because Leon Miller's family does
Appreciate: The showroom condition of these restored Grand Wagoneers. In fact, rather than "restored," Leon Miller refers to them as "renewed," signifying restoration to the degree of perfection. Consider the customer testimonial in which they remarked that it's as if their Grand Wagoneer had been "preserved in a time capsule," and you'll get an idea of the attention to detail made to each project. Indeed, no capsules are involved, but the "time" part is correct: The Wagonmaster team spends more than 40 hours of detailing to get each vehicle to as close to its original, fresh from the factory condition as possible. Detailing is made in addition to mechanical repairs and parts replacement, where necessary, following a 200-point inspection. The Wagonmaster is picky about which Wagoneers earn his attention, in the first place: he only renews vehicles with 70k or fewer original miles, free of rust and with no history of damage. This gives him a decent head start on making a successful showroom-quality renewal, and gives you decent pause as to whether you should drive it, or drop it off at the nearest museum
Know: Shown above is an '85, which was the last model year to feature the charming round instrument dials, our favorite. The entire Grand Wagoneer production run ended in 1991. To help bridge the gap between 1991 standards and 21st Century expectations, The Wagonmaster offers a healthy menu of options to add to your renewed Woody: a power sunroof, satellite radio, iPod dock, heated seats, xenon headlights, shoulder belts in the rear (older models had only lap belts), and DVD player with headrest mounted screens. That should keep those ankle-biters quiet
Special Comments: The Wagonmaster doesn't offer financing, but can point you to some lenders who specialize in classics. Likewise for insurance carriers. And because you don't want your low-mileage Woody become a high-mileage Woody on its inaugural trip home, The Wagonmaster can help you arrange for delivery via carriage, and will even pay for half the cost, or roughly $.60 per mile (U.S. destinations only for the 1/2 price deal)
Cost: Wagoneers in inventory as of this writing range from $28k to $44k
Admire the Grand Wagoneers: Here.