#54, Sacramento designer digs her 1986 Jeep Wagoneer

James Raia

Kerrie Kelly knows style. She owns a design company and works in a home office worthy of recognition in an upscale home decor magazine. Kelly also knows what style she likes in her automobiles. She and her husband own a BMW sedan, but it’s a 1986 Chrysler Jeep Wagoneer she prefers to drive.

The Sacramento businesswoman, formerly employed by fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, is our guest on Episode #54 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

Kerrie Kelly owns a BMW sedan, but she prefers driving a 1986 Jeep Wagoneer. Images © Bruce Aldich/2018 and courtesy of Kerrie Kelly.
Kerrie Kelly of Sacramento owns a BMW sedan with her husband. But she prefers driving a 1986 Jeep Wagoneer. Images © Bruce Aldich/2018 and courtesy of Kerrie Kelly.

Co-hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss Kelly’s passion for her 32-year Jeep Wagoneer, and what she and her husband did to renovate the vehicle. We hear the story of how the couple bought the wagon and where they’ve driven it.

Introduced in 1962, the Jeep Wagoneer was marketed as the first luxury 4×4 station wagon by Jeep and several other automakers. It became the first sport utility vehicle when Jeep used the term for the 1974 Jeep Cherokee version.

With an almost unchanged body style for 29 years until its demise in 1991, the Jeep Wagoneer is the third longest-produced single generation car in U.S. automotive history.

“When I worked for Ralph Lauren Home Collectio and is so many of the ads they used the navy blue Jeep Wagoneer with the back open, the dog the blanket,” explains Kelly. “They used all of those design elements, and I’ve always been drawn to it.”

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Article Last Updated: September 25, 2018.

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