Vigilante Introduces New 807-Hp Hemi-Powered Hellcat Redeye Grand Wagoneer

June 05, 2024 at 08:06 PM
Vigilante Introduces New 807-Hp Hemi-Powered Hellcat Redeye Grand Wagoneer
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As North America’s premier builder of vintage-era Grand Wagoneers, Vigilante once again surprises with their latest 1988 custom build. Made as the ultimate sleeper, Vigilante’s brand new fiery crimson wood-paneled Grand Wagoneer is a completely reimagined street rod, featuring a 807-horsepower Hellcat Redeye ready to eat up rearview mirrors on and off road. Known for meticulously restoring classic Jeeps that honor legendary designs such as the Grand Wagoneer and Cherokee, Vigilante’s new 1988 Grand Wagoneer features an astonishing level of speed and control by way of modern upgrades expertly implemented throughout an authentically restored, absolutely magnificent Jeep. 

 

 

Celebrated across the world, the Grand Wagoneer's legacy spanned from 1963-1991. Interestingly, the late model Grand Wagoneers from 1988-1991 are prized by collectors due to the late year model’s “sunset stretch” characterized by more high-end features and technology such as electric seats. Famously embodying strength, versatility, and luxury, the Grand Wagoneer proudly stands as the father of modern-day SUVs, historically sparking America’s love for versatile, roomy, impressively-designed transportation. Celebrated for setting (and resetting) what generations of enthusiasts have come to expect from a SUV, the new Vigilante 1988 Grand Wagoneer pays homage to one of the greatest Jeeps ever made.

 

 

The legacy of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer also owes much to the visionary designs of Brooks Stevens, an incredibly influential and talented industrial designer. His innovative vision and creativity played a pivotal role in shaping the essence of the Jeep brand, one that would not only inform SUV designs, but many cars as well. Stevens' world-famous transportation designs paved the way for future models of Wagoneers, as they remained virtually unchanged until production ceased in 1991.

 

 

While Vigilante focuses an incredible amount of time on perfectly restoring each Jeep, the genius of the company lies in subtly improving all aspects of the Grand Wagoneer with tasteful, much-needed modernities. The backbone of the new Vigilante 1988 Grand Wagoneer starts with a newly developed modern chassis designed exclusively by the company. The roaring heart of the Grand Wagoneer is a fiery new 807 horsepower (717 lb.-ft. of torque) 6.2L Hemi Hellcat Redeye engine mated to a high-performance 4-speed Bowler 4L80E automatic transmission. Now with more than five times the power of the 1988 original truck’s 144-hp, Vigilante engineered the new, sinfully good Grand Wagoneer to keep pace with anything on the road.   

 

 

"What’s under the hood makes this Vigilante Wagoneer a real sleeper. At first glance, this 1988 Grand Wagoneer's speed may not be immediately apparent, but once someone starts driving, the performance is immediately astonishing,” comments Vigilante Co-Founder and CEO Daniel van Doveren. “With Vigilante’s extensive experience in the world of vintage Jeep restoration, our company is one of the few that has the expertise to seamlessly integrate an engine of this caliber into a vintage Wagoneer, perfectly pairing together the power with authentic style.”

 

 

Performance is seamlessly distributed to all four wheels via the Atlas-II transfer case and unflappable Dana 44/Dana 60 Currie Enterprise axles. Ensuring optimal handling and comfort, the 4-link Eibach coil suspension combined with Fox Racing shocks provides a more balanced stance and smoother ride quality for the restomod. Braking performance is enhanced by signature 6-piston brakes with Hydroboost power assistance, delivering confidence-inspiring stopping power when needed.

 

 

After media blasting down to bare metal, Vigilante begins a classic restoration process for the exterior with sheet metal repairs that avoids use of fillers. The new Vigilante 1988 Grand Wagoneer features all-new tempered glass and machined 17-inch stock looking wheels that update the Jeep’s aesthetic in a discreet, yet functional manner. This truck received an eye-catching, red hot two-toned paint livery with the truck exactingly outfitted in the rich wood grain tones that famously made up the classic Grand Wagoneer trim. Vigilante's impressive attention to detail is evident throughout every build aspect, ranging from the careful restoration of Wagoneer chrome trim to the extensive noise-canceling Dynamat soundproofing. Modern climate control for both the front and rear seating is also subtly inserted under the dash, interfaced with the original-style controls.

 

 

The interior of the new Vigilante Wagoneer custom is decadently upholstered with Moore & Giles leathers, handsomely complemented by New Old Stock corduroy inserts. Each seat underwent an extensive restoration, including powder coating, along with the installation of new springs, foam, and padding to ensure peerless comfort. Traditional Grand Wagoneers featured long shag carpeting, giving the vehicle cabin a saloon-like feel. Incredibly difficult to replicate, Vigilante created the long shag carpeting for this build by specially sourcing rare sheepskin hides, and skillfully blending and tanning them to recreate a lush, extravagant feel.

 

 

Drawing inspiration from the Rolls-Royce artisans responsible for crafting the company’s lambskin interiors, this new Vigilante Grand Wagoneer gorgeously integrates the same sheepskin materials into the interior panels of the cabin as well, tastefully contrasting them with premium grain leathers. On the driver’s side, Vigilante's signature new, but original-era designed stock-looking gauges are installed throughout to deliver a thrilling drive experience that remains classic in look.

 

 

Experts will note that Vigilante departed from the original Grand Wagoneer’s traditional low-to-the-ground stance. With comfort and visibility in mind, Vigilante CEO Daniel van Doveren opted to significantly elevate the vehicle, providing drivers with a clear view from behind the wheel in line with current SUVs while still maintaining the optimal aspect ratio. To ensure drivers can easily get in and out of the Grand Wagoneer, Vigilante integrated special power steps for effortless entry and exit.

 

 

“Modern-day SUVs tend to stand up pretty high, so Vigilante made sure that we lifted this 1988 Grand Wagoneer to present more aggressively while allowing drivers a nice view. With our updated suspension, brakes, and bigger wheels, Vigilante is committed to bringing legendary Grand Wagoneers back on the road with absolutely everything drivers need to enjoy them,” continues van Doveren. “Vigilante specializes in preserving the classic aesthetic of transcendent transportation designs like the Grand Wagoneer while pairing them with the performance that people need to have fun and drive them safely on roads today. Vigilante is committed to breathing new life into old school, vintage Jeeps, reviving them for joyful driving wherever the road takes our clients."

 

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