It’s been almost 25 years since the first Jeep Grand Cherokee was dropped onto this planet, and over that quarter century the model has developed a loyal following.
For the 51st Annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, UT, Jeep bought a 1993 ZJ off of Craigslist and proceeded to make what was most likely a rough, tired old machine into a stunning throwback to times past.
Not only did they plop a period-perfect car phone into the passenger compartment, but they also coated the headliner in plaid flannel, made sure there was a Hammer Time sticker over the CHMSL, a cassette tape player in the dash – dare we guess what album it is? – and even hid a David Hasselhoff sticker on the door frame. It’s exactly what you’d expect to find in a ZJ of the era if you jumped in a time machine today.
Outside, before they sprayed the body in metallic blue with a subtle wood grain pattern, they moved the front wheels forward and rear wheels backward for a longer wheelbase. Those wheels are custom 18-inch pieces mimicking early lace wheels, wrapped in BFG Mud-Terrain KM2 tires and surrounded by bodywork that was trimmed and fitted with big fender flares to clear the two-inch lift.
Overall, the whole package comes together really well. About the only thing that would make this early ZJ cooler would be The Hoff himself behind the wheel it when it takes the stage in Moab.