1996 Jeep Wrangler Sahara YJ Series

MODELWrangler Sahara YJ Series
LOCATIONNewcastle Upon Tyne, NE12

1996 Jeep Wrangler Sahara YJ Series

  • Six cylinder 4.0 litre 180bhp
  • Rare Edition
  • Great condition
  • Detachable hard top
  • Ready to drive and enjoy
  • Reserve reduced
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  • Six cylinder 4.0 litre 180bhp
  • Rare Edition
  • Great condition
  • Detachable hard top
  • Ready to drive and enjoy
  • Reserve reduced

In a throwaway age where everyone has five minutes of celebrity fame, icons, legends and classics are man-made overnight. At Jeep, they see things differently.

In 1938, the spec for a ‘light reconnaissance vehicle’ resulted in the Willys Jeep. The modern heir to Willys Jeep is today’s Jeep Wrangler. It’s heritage tracks directly back through the CJ Series (Civilian Jeep) to its WWII ancestor.

In great condition for its age, this rare edition YJ Series Jeep Sahara should not be missed. The hard top means it can be used all year round, combining a style and utility that few classics can match.


  • With our vendor Peter for 6 years
  • V5 Present and correct
  • MOT to October 2023

Prior to Peter’s ownership, the Jeep was owned by Knight Racing Team who did their own servicing. Since Peter has owned it he has given the Jeep a full service every 6 months. He is an award winning mechanic so he knows what he’s doing!

He has some paperwork including old MOTs and various invoices for parts including new radiator, starter motor and water pump.


Trims varied and include base S and SE, and scarce top spec Jeep Sahara as we have here.

The interior is very good. Although the nearside front seat could do with a Spring clean* the Sahara-specific upholstery is in great shape, as is the Sand coloured wall-to-wall carpet .

*Peter has confirmed that the nearside seat has been cleaned since the photos were taken – dusty dog paws were the culprit!

A lockable centre console was introduced on the Sahara.

The rear bench seat which is in good condition was made wider than before.

The top of the range Sahara featured a removable hardtop. The well-engineered unit, has glass side and rear windows, heated rear screen and rear wash wipe. The Sahara also gained Forest Green and Sand ‘trailcloth’ seat fabric, leather covered adjustable steering wheel, and rear seat saddlebags.

The Sand coloured four dial dash is clean and very tidy. The matching colour coded, padded roll-over bar is a neat feature.


In its Silver with Gold detailing this Jeep Sahara does look good. Whilst the Jeep could go anywhere, this example shows no external signs of being battered and bruised. We’re told by Peter that there is no corrosion and no welding.

You’ll see from the Gallery our vendor has used it in all weathers. It’s clear that it’s a distinctive and wonderfully practical classic.

  • Excellent commanding driving position
  • All round great visibility
  • Five spoke alloys all-round with matching tyres
  • Glass, lamps, bumper are all in good order
  • Dual socket tow bar fitted
  • Front driving lamps


Jeep were keen to retain the core essence of the original Willys. However, the Wrangler series and the Sahara in particular was specifically redesigned to be safer and more comfortable on-road. Upgrading the Jeep’s suspension, drivetrain, and interior, proved to be a great success. Just one of the many reasons why the Jeeps remain such a sought after classic car.

  • Five speed gearbox
  • 4.0-litre straight-six engine
  • 180bhp
  • 0-60 in 8.5secs
  • MOT’d to 30th October 2023

Peter tells us that it drives very well, accelerating smoothly, stopping quickly and shifting through all the gears without fuss. In fact it’s a reluctant sale, but Peter needs to let the Jeep find a new home.

There are two distinct necessities which make a good off road vehicle – composure on the tarmac and confidence inspiring off-road motoring. The Jeep Wrangler Sahara strikes a good balance. Acceleration in the 4.0-litre models is vivid. O-60mph is reached in 8.5 seconds. If you push the Jeep, it’s composed manner means it is entirely possible to arrive at corners carrying more speed than the Wrangler is equipped to deal with! It is great fun.

Our view

These are becoming a very uncommon sight now. Due to the rugged build quality, scarcity and all-round fun factor values are starting to creep up.

Whether the hard top is on or off, the distinctive style of the Jeep especially in Sahara livery is a fantastic looking classic.

It will cope with anything you can throw at it. This one is ready to roar away and have some great Summer fun in. You’ll regret it if you miss it. Good luck bidding.

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Vehicle Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne NE12 – it’s the responsibility of the winning bidder to make collection / transportation arrangements directly with the vendor.

Viewings are welcome, Peter has advised that the Jeep can be test driven at Eshott Airfield near Morpeth if required.

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Bidder Bid amount Bid time
p***o £5,000.00 2023-03-18 15:02:39
p***o £4,500.00 2023-03-04 07:31:56
t*********************k £4,000.00 2023-03-18 13:17:38
p*********r £3,000.00 2023-03-15 17:16:26
a**************h £2,000.00 2023-03-07 17:39:56
Start auction £1,500.00 01/03/2023 12:00 AM


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