THE 1960’S

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Jeep Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer / Chero­kee (SJ): In 1962, Jeep in­tro­duced the Wagoneer - the father of all lux­ury 4x4 SUVS. Re­plac­ing the Willys util­ity wagon, the Wagoneer was de­signed to pro­vide pas­sen­ger-car styling, com­fort and con­ve­nience with the ad­van­tage of four-wheel drive. It was packed with in­no­va­tion and in­dus­try firsts - the first au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in a 4x4 ve­hi­cle; the first over­head-cam six-cylin­der truck en­gine, the first 4x4 ve­hi­cle with an in­de­pen­dent front sus­pen­sion; the first au­to­matic full-time 4x4 sys­tem. The rev­o­lu­tion­ary Quadra-trac 4x4 sys­tem, in­tro­duced in 1973, was avail­able in full-size Jeep trucks and wag­ons, and later in the CJ-7. The SJ line was in pro­duc­tion for more than 28 years with only mi­nor tech­ni­cal changes and when pro­duc­tion ended, was the long­est con­tin­u­ous au­to­mo­tive pro­duc­tion run, on the same plat­form, in U.S. au­to­mo­tive his­tory. The re­fined Su­per Wagoneer, in­tro­duced in 1965, was a true lux­ury 4x4 de­signed for the pres­tige buyer who de­sired rugged ver­sa­til­ity with sedan com­fort and many pre­mium fea­tures in­clud­ing air con­di­tion­ing, power tail­gate, power brakes, power steer­ing, seven-po­si­tion tilt steer­ing wheel, tinted win­dows, three-tone body strip­ing, vinyl roof, padded vinyl roof with chrome roof-rack, full wheel hub­caps, white­wall tyres and a pow­er­ful 270hp V8 en­gine with con­sole-shift au­to­matic trans­mis­sion - all as stan­dard.

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