GMC Yukon XL Denali
General Motors set the pattern for today’s sport utility vehicles when it introduced the Chevrolet Suburban Carryall in 1935. A two-door station wagon-type vehicle on the half-ton pickup chassis, it has remained in production in various forms ever since. A Suburban variant was added to the GMC truck catalog in 1941, as the General Motors trucks adopted new styling. Four-wheel drive became available on Suburbans later on and became increasingly popular. With the introduction of the GMT 800 series in 2000, the GMC variant was renamed “Yukon XL” to highlight its kinship with the smaller GMC Yukon SUV. The most upscale, luxurious version was the Denali model with a luxury interior and all-wheel drive.
The Suburban and Yukon XL are the tow vehicles of choice for non-commercial car collectors, boaters and recreational equestrians. Sturdy and powerful, they offer creature comforts for driver and passengers, as well as plenty of covered cargo space. This Yukon XL Denali represents the finest of the GMC sport utility vehicles, and although it has performed its chores faithfully for a previous owner, it has more utility to give. It is equipped with the optional Vortec 6000 325-bhp engine, towing package and luxury leather interior. Like all Yukon Denalis, it has all-wheel drive. It is also equipped with the two-way rear lift-gate, which became standard equipment for 2005.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
325 bhp, 364 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive, torsion bar independent front suspension, live rear axle with coil springs, four-wheel power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 130"
Source: RM Auctions
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