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The Last AMC: Jeep’s ZJ Grand Cherokee Turns 25

Posted February 13, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: amc classic auto jeep

Most histories depict Chrysler’s purchase of AMC as one done merely to gain the Jeep name and discard everything else, yet the former gained far more than a brand from the latter: It inherited a talented crew of engineers and designers, and it also obtained the in-development ZJ Grand Cherokee, an SUV that would end up buoying the brand past its competitors and cementing the luxury SUV’s place in the modern auto market.

Originally intended to replace the XJ Cherokee, the Grand Cherokee – then known by the XJC codename – grew out of a 1985 design competition that AMC conducted using three freelance designers: Larry Shinoda, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and Adam Clenet. According to an interview Shinoda gave to Ward’s Auto, AMC management declared his designs “terrible” and paid him less than half of a $350,000-plus contract at the same time it dispatched crews to confiscate Shinoda’s drawings and clay model templates.

The AMC spirit lives on in this classic SUV...

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