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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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It started life in 1963 as the Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer, a station wagon-like version of the traditional Jeep idea available in two- and four-door models, with two- or four-wheel drive. Amazingly, the same basic body style, with nothing more than trim changes, soldiered on through the 1991 model year. By then the company had been sold to American Motors, who then sold it to Chrysler, and the wagon was known as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, like the one at the top of the page. By the end of the run it had become a super-luxury four-wheel drive vehicle, perhaps ahead of its time when you look at the luxury SUVs which inhabit today’s marketplace. Funny thing is, if you want to spend the bucks, you can still buy a Grand Wagoneer, totally built and restored from a dealership in Texas, called Wagonmaster. Their current inventory’s price range starts at $35,000 and goes up to $49,000. You can see them here. Today’s YAK pic was taken recently in Niagara Falls (don’t let those Texas plates fool you).

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'63 Wagoneer brochure art

’63 Wagoneer brochure art

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know