In recent months, we’ve seen a few clean, older Ford Explorer models hit the auction block and drum up some interest, including a very nice 1994 Eddie Bauer model and another ’94 modified to look like the family truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation. However, while there are still quite a few first-generation Ford Explorer models out there in the world, the same can’t be said for its Mazda-badged counterpart – the Navajo – making this 1991 Mazda Navajo LX up for grabs at Bring a Trailer a pretty interesting find.
This particular 1991 Mazda Navajo is a rather nice example of its seldomly-seen breed as well, touting 56k miles on the odometer and having lived its entire life on the west coast. That means that this Silver Metallic SUV is in solid shape with few flaws to note, save for some paint blemishes and a couple of interior wear items. The previous owner did add a body-color bug deflector and aftermarket running boards, while also painting the front grille silver and the C-pillar black. Meanwhile, the SUV’s 15-inch alloy wheels were replaced back in 2018 to boot.
Inside the cabin, this Navajo’s Light and Dark Smoke cloth interior still looks to be in excellent condition and features blue accent piping and plenty of amenities such as air conditioning, power windows and locks, a retractable cargo cover, sport bucket seats with lumbar control, and a factory-branded AM/FM/Cassette stereo.
Power for this 1991 Mazda Navajo comes from the naturally-aspirated Ford 4.0L V6, which was factory-rated to produce 155 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque, flowing to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. While it certainly isn’t perfect – nor arguably what one might consider to be a valuable collector’s item – this 1991 Mazda Navajo is certainly a rare sight in today’s world, and to us, that makes it special in at least one regard.