The upcoming Mecum Kissimmee 2024 auction is set to showcase a standout automotive gem: the 1976 Jeep® Cherokee S 4×4. This particular model represents a captivating blend of rugged capability and distinctive design, embodying the essence of the iconic Cherokee lineage.
Originally introduced as the sportier rendition of the revered Wagoneer, the two-door Cherokee was a significant redesign that captured attention with its single fixed rear side window and an optional flip-out section. Notably, the term “sport utility vehicle” made its debut in the 1974 Cherokee sales brochure, highlighting its innovative approach to utility and versatility.
Underneath its refined blue exterior, this 1976 Cherokee S houses a robust 5.9-liter (360 cubic-inch) AMC V8 engine, complemented by a Hydra-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission. Its formidable capabilities are further enhanced by Jeep’s Quadra-Trac four-wheel-drive layout, the Dana 20 transfer case, and a heavy-duty suspension, all mounted on the newly introduced splayed rail frame for that model year.
Refinished in black in 2019, this Cherokee S features striking Navajo tribal stripe kit accents and distinctive First Nations tribal chief S emblems, adding a touch of cultural flair to its appearance. Its integrated steel top boasts a white-painted upper portion, housing a practical roof rack. Inside, the black interior exudes elegance with diamond-insert accented front seats, a fold-up rear seat, and a cargo area equipped with a full-size spare and automatic rear window.
The cabin’s refined yet functional layout includes a turned metal dash hosting essential gauges for amperage, temperature, and oil pressure, accompanied by a factory AM/FM radio and electric clock. Noteworthy standard Cherokee features like the three-spoke steering wheel, forward pivoting front bucket seats for convenient rear access, and color-keyed carpeting add to its allure.
Externally, the Cherokee boasts a three-piece front bumper, distinctive forged aluminum six-lug wheels adorned with Jeep centers, and updated 225/75R15 all-season radial tires.
Scheduled to go under the hammer on Thursday, January 11th, 2024, at Mecum Kissimmee, this 1976 Jeep Cherokee S 4×4 is poised to attract significant attention. With Mecum’s estimated value ranging between $50,000 to $75,000, marking a rare opportunity to own a piece of Jeep’s storied legacy.
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