Wagoneer was the first of a series of Full Size Jeeps (SJ) Introduced
by Willys. From 1963 through 1983, the Wagoneer name plate
was used on the full size wagons and went from Willys, to Kaiser,
to AMC ownership. When the smaller XJ Wagoneer (1984-2001
Cherokee body design) was introduced, the Full Size Wagoneer name
was changed to Grand Wagoneer. In 1987 Jeep was bought by Chrysler
Corporation. During the Wagoneer production era, there were a
variety of different models including 2 Door models with glass
or metal panels, Wagoneer Custom, Super Wagoneer and Wagoneer
Limited to name a few. Most the Grand Wagoneer's have the
full side wood grain applied. There were some exceptions
to this with special orders for fleet and government use.
The basic Wagoneer body went unchanged through all production
years. This and the following pages show samples of sales
literature and pictures of the classic Wagoneers still on the
road and trail today...
link to 1966 Super Wagoneer AD
were some cosmetic changes to the grill design over the years.
The 1963 through 1965 Wagoneers had a small grill inserted in
the front valance that is more commonly known as the "Rhino"
grill. Beginning in 1966, the Wagoneer line adopted the full width
Razor grill with exception of the 2 door Panel, which retained
the Rhino grill. The Razor grill was used into the early 1970
models. During the 1970 model year another grill style was introduced
to differentiate the Wagoneer from the J-Trucks which had also
adopted the Razor style grill that year. The grill introduced
on the 1970 Wagoneers has adopted the "Cheese Grater"
style name and was used through the 1973 model. From 1974 through
the 1978 model year, the grille had same basic frame, but with
a plastice grill insert known as the "Egg Crate" style.
In 1979 AMC introduced one piece bumpers and square headlights
for a whole new face lift on the Wagoneer. The grill had horizontal
chrome lines and is typically called a Pig Nose grill but we like
to call it the BBQ grill. This grill was also used on the Cherokees
and JTrucks in 1979 and 80. In 1981, JTrucks and Cherokees got
the vertical bars back in the grill, which is known as the "Muscle"
design. Wagoneers had the same grill as in 1979 through the 1985
model year as the classic Wagoneer body design transitioned to
the Grand Wagoneer. The 1984 Grand Wagoneer also changed in the
rear and adopted the 1983 Cherokee style taillights. From 1986
to the last Grand Wagoneer made in 1991, the grill frame was similar
to the JTrucks and has horizontal lines with much less chrome.
The following pictures depict the different styles.
with Rhino Grill
- 70 Wagoneer
with Razor Grill
with Razor Grill
- 73 Wagoneer
with Cheese Grater Grill
74 - 78 Wagoneer
with Egg Crate Grill
- 85 Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer with BBQ Grill
- 91 Grand Wagoneer
with Final Edition Grill
63-67 | 68-73 |
74-78 | 79-83 |