1990 Jeep Wrangler

Islander Sport Utility Vehicle 4x4
Multiple records set at Mecum Indianapolis 2021
Friday, 14 May - Saturday, 22 May 2021
Sale Price
$20,000 - $25,000
Est. Range
22 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 2J4FY39T9LJ535557, Yellow with Islander graphics and black top over Light gray leather, 258/112hp six, column shift automatic, American Racing wheels, rear-mounted spare, power steering, power brakes, console, aftermarket radio.

Evaluation: Showing 21,873 miles that are represented as actual. Small dent on the front of the hood and the decals on the hood are faded, but the rest of the graphics look good and the original paint is holding up well other than some cracks around the hinges and below the windshield. Tidy engine bay and very solid frame. The top looks brand new and the seats may be newer replacements. The nifty colors and the low miles just about make up for the square headlights, and although a beach cruiser isn’t quite at home in Indiana, this thing has a lot of charm.

Bottom Line: Although the market for vintage trucks and SUVs is in general super-strong right now, first generation (YJ) Wranglers are still pretty cheap. That’s largely because most people don’t like the headlights and because most examples have lived a hard life. The Indy bidders recognized this one for the exceptionally clean Jeep that it is, and lifted their paddles to a top-of-the-market result.

by Andrew Newton
29 May 2021
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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
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Parts car.
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