It’s no secret that Ferrari is currently developing its first SUV, potentially called the Purosangue. However, a man named Bill Harrah beat the Italian carmaker to it all the way back in the 1960s. This is because Harrah had the wacky idea to take a Ferrari 365 GT and a Jeep Grand Wagoneer and combine them to form his dream all-wheel-drive Italian sports SUV.
According to Motor1, the idea for this unusual creation took shape after Harrah pleaded with the Italian carmaker to build him a vehicle with all-wheel drive. After a swift rejection, Harrah decided to build it himself and call it the Jerrari. Best of all, it’s up for sale, and you can buy it.
How does a 1969 Jeep Grand Wagoneer end up with a Ferrari’s face?
As you might imagine, company owner Enzo Ferrari got a few strange build requests throughout the years. In fact, a swift disagreement with the owner of a tractor manufacturing company resulted in the birth of competitor Lamborghini. However, there was no way Ferrari would ever build an SUV back in the 1960s, a period when the company was largely focused on developing some of the best race cars it would ever produce.
As a result, when Harrah wanted his dream SUV, he had to build it. The whole process involves taking a crashed 1959 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 and combining it with a 1969 Jeep Wagoneer. Since this build took place in the 1960s, these were brand-new machines at the time.
As you can likely see from the photos, the bulk of the modifications live at the front end, where this SUV seemingly has a Ferrari face on a Jeep body. However, you’ll also notice that Harrah had the Jeep’s original body tweaked so it would follow the front end’s design language.
This SUV once had a V12 engine under its hood
If you thought this Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Ferrari mashup couldn’t get any weirder, think again. That’s because the Jerrari originally utilized the 365 GT’s naturally-aspirated V12. In total, this engine developed 320 hp at the time. However, instead of keeping its original transmission, Harrah had the engine mated to the Jeep’s three-speed automatic. This would allow him to retain the Grand Wagoneer’s all-wheel-drive system.
According to Motor1, this setup didn’t last forever. After a few years, Harrah opted to have the V12 removed and implanted into a 1977 Grand Wagoneer. Harrah wanted his V12 fun without the attention the Jerrari generates. In its place, the Jerrari received a V8 that still lives under its hood today.
This Ferrari-inspired Jeep Grand Wagoneer is up for sale
According to Motor1, this strange SUV traded hands a few times after its original owner died in 1978. Now it’s up for sale via Classic Driver. Unfortunately, the sales listing doesn’t publicly state the current owner’s asking price. The only thing we know for sure is that this strange creature is still technically registered as a Grand Wagoneer.
Additionally, it’s only covered 9,321 miles, meaning this is a very low-mileage machine. If we had one wish for this unusual creation, it’s that the new owner gives the Jerrari the V12 engine it deserves.