Unusual 1969 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Has a Ferrari Face, and It’s Called the Jerrari

The 1969 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is one of the most misunderstood vehicles in automotive history—and for very good reason. First of all, it’s not a Jeep. It’s what Jeep became when the military took over the company in the middle of the war and turned it into a rolling military base. The Grand Wagoneer was the most expensive version of the line, with a fancy V8 engine and a luxurious interior, and it was the only model to offer air-conditioning. So you can imagine why it was so popular in the desert.

Today, I’m going to take a look at a fairly unique (and yes, extremely rare) 1969 Jeep Grand Wagoneer.  Not only does this Jeep have an interesting name, but it also sports a really cool looking face, which is what we’ve all come to expect from vintage vehicles.

It’s no secret that Ferrari is currently developing its first SUV, which could be called the Purosangue. But a man named Bill Harrah beat the Italian automaker to the punch in the 1960s. That’s because Harrah’s had the insane idea of combining a Ferrari 365 GT and a Jeep Grand Wagoneer to create the four-wheel-drive Italian sport-SUV of his dreams.

According to Motor1, the idea for this unusual creation came after Harrah’s asked the Italian automaker to build a four-wheel drive car. After a quick rejection, Harrah’s decided to build it themselves and call it Gerrari. And most importantly, it’s for sale and you can buy it.

How does a 1969 Jeep Grand Wagoneer get a Ferrari face?

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Jerrari| Classic Driver

As you can imagine, owner Enzo Ferrari has received some strange building requests over the years. In fact, a brief dispute with the owner of the tractor company gave birth to a Lamborghini competitor. However, in the 1960s, when the company concentrated on developing better race cars, it was out of the question for Ferrari to develop an SUV.

So when Harrah’s wanted his dream SUV, he had to build one. Take a 1959 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 and combine it with a 1969 Jeep Wagoneer. Since it was assembled in the 60s, these were brand new cars at the time.

As you can probably tell from the photos, most of the changes are at the front, where this SUV looks like it has the Ferrari face on the Jeep body. But you’ll also see that Harrah’s has adapted the original Jeep body to match the design language of the front end.

This SUV once had a V12 engine under the hood

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Jerrari| Classic Driver

If you thought this Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Ferrari combination couldn’t get any crazier, think again. That’s because Gerrari originally used the atmospheric V12 engine from the 365 GT. In total this engine produced 320 hp at that time. But instead of keeping the standard transmission, Harrah’s put the engine on a Jeep automatic three-speed transmission. This would allow it to retain the Grand Wagoneer’s all-wheel drive.

According to Motor1, this construction didn’t last forever. A few years later, Harrah’s decided to remove the V12 and put it in a 1977 Grand Wagoneer. Harrah’s wanted to take advantage of the V12 without the attention Gerrari attracts. Instead, the Jerrari received a V8 that is still under the hood.

This Ferrari-inspired Jeep Grand Wagoneer is for sale

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Jerrari| Classic Driver

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According to Motor1, this strange SUV has changed hands several times since the first owner died in 1978. It’s on sale now at Classic Driver. Unfortunately, the sale ad does not mention the current owner’s asking price. All we know for sure is that this strange creature is still technically registered as a Grand Wagoneer.

It also has only 9,321 miles on it, which means it’s a very low mileage. If we had one wish for this extraordinary creation, it would be that the new owner gives the Jerrari the V12 engine it deserves.

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