This iconic Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate antidote to modern automotive monotony.
A rare, original specification, classic 'go anywhere' Wrangler YJ - ready to be enjoyed.
At a glance:
- 1993 Jeep Wrangler YJ 4.0 Limited
- Extremely rare to find in original, unmodified condition.
- Rare 'Jewel' blue metallic paintwork with tan interior and tan hard top.
- 4.0 litre straight six, manual gearbox, two & four wheel drive
- Original Jeep multi-spoke silver and gold alloy wheels
- General Grabber 225/75/15 all terrain tyres
- 104,391 miles
- Massively fun to drive
- MOT to 14th November 2020 (with the only advisories being number plates).
- Will come with 12 months MOT.
- Amazing service history file, the largest I have ever seen for one of these YJ Wranglers.
- Will have a fresh 12,000 mile annual service ready for immediate enjoyment by the next owner.
The Jeep Wrangler YJ was in production between 1986 and 1995. In February 1986, the Jeep Wrangler YJ was unveiled, entering production that March, and going on sale on May 13, 1986.
The Jeep YJ, sold as the Wrangler in the United States, was built in Toledo, Ohio, using the same plant that produced the Willys Jeeps during World War II. The new Jeep was intended to be more comfortable on-road in an attempt to attract more daily drivers. It was a significantly new design with a wider track, slightly less ground clearance than the CJ7 predecessor with more comfort and improved handling. Despite the new grille, the body is very similar to that of its predecessor the CJ-7, and it is interchangeable with some major modifications. The YJ also was given a larger windscreen over the CJ. The YJs are easily identifiable due to the rectangular headlights and the fact that the wiper blades rest on the windscreen, giving this version a distinctive look. 632,231 YJs were built until 1995, although YJs were still sold into mid-1996, bringing the total production number to 685,071 units worldwide.
This is the 4.0 High Output top of the range 'Limited' version, in eye-catching and extremely rare 'Jewel Blue Metallic' paint finish (paint code PC9) with tan interior trim with matching tan hard top. The 4.0 litre engine is the preferred choice, with manual transmission and switchable 2/4 wheel drive. The taller of the gear levers selects the five forward and reverse gears, whilst the shorter lever selects 2H (2 wheel drive high ratio) for normal driving conditions, 4H (4 wheel drive high ratio) if you need some more traction, or 4L (4 wheel drive low ratio) if you need to drag yourself out of a bog, up a slippery mountain face, through desert slopes or face the ultimate challenge known as Waitrose car park. The car comes with power steering as standard, and a host of charming retro features: wind up windows, doors that lock and unlock with a key, switches and knobs for the heating/cooling and a total lack of touch screens in the middle of the dash board. It's refreshingly 'old school' on the inside and the outside. Another reason for people enjoying these retro Jeeps is their sheer simplicity. No warning messages advising you to go to your nearest dealer, no overly complex electronics and no 'limp mode' - it's an old fashioned car where things are fixed by spanners rather than laptops. As a result, servicing, maintenance and repairs are a breeze in comparison to more modern, often overly complex vehicles.
There are very few of these early YJ Wranglers left on UK roads. For the Wrangler 4.0 Limited model, the number currently taxed and in use on the UK roads are: 1991 - zero, 1992 only 1, and from 1993, only 18. Of the total of 18, so many have been heavily modified for off road use, so I think it would be fair to presume this could be the most original 1993 Wrangler 4.0 Limited left in the UK.
To confirm just how original this is please compare it to the Jeep licensed iconic Tamiya model from the 1990s as shown in the gallery.
On the Road:
I absolutely adore driving this car, it’s so much fun! It's got immense charm and character, and it gives you a wonderful sense of 'Americana' every time you clamber up into the driver's seat. The Jeep starts first turn of the key, with the gutsy 4.0 litre straight six engine offering bags of grunt and torque. It surges eagerly under acceleration, starts, stops and does what it should. The ride quality on unmodified versions is much better for road use, and this car drives incredibly smoothly. Hard to believe it is 25 years old! Perhaps not quite as refined as a modern car, but it's very engaging and enjoyable engaging to drive nevertheless, happy at any speed and goes wherever and whenever you need it to. I have driven a number of these Jeeps, this one is possibly the smoothest and drives very well indeed with no significant noises from the drivetrain. These cars can be used for everyday commuting if required, as reliable family and pet transport, as a working thoroughbred 4x4, full on mud-plugger, or just for pleasure as a weekend treat - by being capable of all uses this car is a brilliant all-rounder.
This car is fitted with the fuel injected 180 hp 4.0 litre (3960cc) AMC 242 straight six engine, one of four AMC engines kept in production when Chrysler bought AMC in 1987. Chrysler engineers continued to refine the engine and the last in the line of the AMC inline sixes, the 4.0 is regarded as one of the best Chrysler 4x4 off-road engines ever made. A Motor Trend long-term test noted "this long-lived OHV powerplant has a reputation for getting people where they need to go" as well as "much love expressed by owners for the torquey 4.0-litre/190-horsepower inline six." The engine is known for longevity, and can sometimes cover more than 300,000 miles without rebuilding. It also features a timing chain which should last the life of the engine, as opposed to a timing belt which needs changing at regular service intervals.
The car has the Aisin-Warner AX15 manual transmission introduced in the 1988 (mid-year) YJ Wrangler and XJ/MJ Cherokee/Comanche Jeeps, and found in 1988-1999 Jeep XJ, YJ, and TJ models. They are generally regarded as the best five-speed transmission ever installed into a Jeep. They are an excellent gearbox, and remain in production by Aisin-Warner.
The current MOT runs until 14th November 2020 with the only advisories being front and rear number plates, and a new 12 month MOT will be provided at the time of sale.
Unusually for these Wrangler Jeeps, there is an amazing amount of service history for this particular car, with the original dealer book pack, stamped service booklet and a ton of receipts for servicing and repairs, plus almost all of the MOT certificates. There is an inch think history file for the car, the majority of which is from Jeep main dealers. My garage will also carry out a 12,000 mile annual service, so this Jeep is ready for immediate enjoyment by the next owner.
This car has covered 104,391 miles - an average of under 4,200 miles per year over its 25 year life.
This Wrangler is a real classic, having lead a charmed life from the looks of it, and never been used seriously off road. Sure, it's not perfect and there are a few minor cosmetic issues here and there, but it is in great unrestored condition. Importantly the chassis on this particular car looks great. As you can probably see from the pictures, this Jeep really is a one-off vehicle and is in good condition for its age. The interior is in presentable condition, with some wear on the driver's seat as you would expect. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the absence of rear seats. No idea where they went, so you can either use it as a van, (Wrangler rear seats aren't built for adults really) or source a secondhand set. The rear seat belts and seat mountings are present. Externally, there are a few blemishes and a bit of the lacquer has lifted on the plastic wheel arches. It wouldn't take much to get this Jeep back into A1 condition, or simply enjoy it as it is. It's not really a 'concours d'elegance' kind of vehicle, but with all of these Jeep Wranglers, it has developed a characterful patina and wears its age with pride. It’s always difficult to express in words the condition of any car, and most people have differing opinions about condition, so the best way to get a true impression will be to view this lovely car in person. I’m confident that anybody with realistic expectations will be delighted to own and enjoy this awesome four wheel drive. It has a few quirks and character, so the best way to work out if it is the right car for you, would be to come and have a look.
The general value range for these legendary Wranglers in good, road worthy and presentable condition with long MOT is normally £6000 - £10,000 with modified and immaculate examples often priced considerably higher. This car is offered to sell swiftly at a very tempting £6950.
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for this particular Jeep, as I think it could be my favourite of all of the Jeeps I have dealt with due to its originality and wonderful service record.
This is a hugely entertaining 'proper' 4x4, hugely powerful, coupled with superb traction and ultimate 'go anywhere' credentials, it’s sure to put a smile on your face with every mile. With the the roof and doors removed (a 10 minute job) on a sunny day, it's hard to beat the thoroughly enjoyable experience. This particular Jeep is perhaps one for the collector. Where these Jeeps are becoming so rare in unmodified form, so I believe it will become a true classic in its own right. It’s a great conversation starter, and being so far removed from all of the humdrum everyday cars on our roads, people can’t stop staring at it. If I'm honest, I rather hope this takes a while to sell. If so, I might find the time be use it myself! If you are looking for an early, unmodified Wrangler YJ, I'm quite sure you'll love it - and I’m certain you won't ever find another Jeep like it...