1974: The Cherokee is a Jeep-and-a-half

Getting that canoe on a CJ-5 might be a challenge.

A few years after American Motors took over the Kaiser-Jeep Corporation in 1970, the suits in Kenosha decided to make a sporty two-door version of the Wagoneer, naming it the Cherokee. This truck stayed in production for the 1974 through 1983 model years, after which the smaller XJ Cherokee replaced it. Here’s a magazine advertisement for that first-year Cherokee, pitching it as a CJ-5 with room for the whole family.

No need to discuss the likely single-digit fuel economy.

The Cherokee might not have been as nimble off-road as the CJ-5, but the canoe, cooler, camping gear, children, and sheepdog would fit inside it.

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