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Early XJ pic.... just had to share


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Am I the only one to notice that prototype has a leaf sprung front axle?

 

 

Yeah theres definently a pumpkin stiking down on the left side, thats not IFS were seeing, its a leaf sprung soild axle setup :nuts:

 

O yeah, I'm gonna also agree with :ack: but wouldnt it be super cool if we could find out if this thing is acctually hiding in a warehouse somewhere kinda like the Thundercheif? That would be heck of a find! :D

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Clearly this is an early test mule, the body stampings(IE main chassis) looks finalized, but I would bet dollars to donuts the front end was intentionally obscured with that weird half @$$ grill for a reason.

 

It's entirely possible this test mule was meant for something like emissions validation tests....hence why it is not a production vehicle.

 

It had to be on the road for some miles, but they didn't want the final aesthetics revealed yet.

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Those of us old enough to have been jeep fans back then remember that the XJ was panned as a huge POS and the end of the jeep line when it was introduced.

 

Think Volvo 240 wagon...

 

Seems to happen with every model, ZJ, KJ, WK, JK etc etc

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Those of us old enough to have been jeep fans back then remember that the XJ was panned as a huge POS and the end of the jeep line when it was introduced.

 

Think Volvo 240 wagon...

Those 240s were upscale yuppiemobiles in the 80s. I've owned 3 of them [86, 89, 90- 2 wagons and 1 sedan] and they're tough as nails and easy to work on. Make great sleepers too with a v8 conversion.

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Clearly this is an early test mule, the body stampings(IE main chassis) looks finalized, but I would bet dollars to donuts the front end was intentionally obscured with that weird half @$$ grill for a reason.

 

It's entirely possible this test mule was meant for something like emissions validation tests....hence why it is not a production vehicle.

 

It had to be on the road for some miles, but they didn't want the final aesthetics revealed yet.

 

:agree:

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