Winter is rapidly approaching. And where we live that means, as it does in many other parts of the country, freezing cold weather, filthy slush pools, snowy drifts, and layers of cumbersome and unattractive outerwear. But there is a relatively affordable way to counteract all aspects of this cruelest season: Buy yourself a vintage four-wheel-drive vehicle. Not only will it protect you from the elements, keep you warm, and get you through the worst of the weather (particularly if you shod it with snow tires and take a winter driving class), it will also make you look incredibly stylish and knowledgeable.
Click through the slideshow to see our dozen top picks. Decent examples of every one of them can be had for under $15,000 – less than the cost of the cheapest new car.
1969-1975 International Harvester Travelall
First seeing production in the early 1950s, the Traveall was a long-running nameplate. But we are suckers for the giant-refrigerator-box-on-wheels look of the final version, which was made until Traveall production ceased in the mid-1970s. It's perfect for those times when you absolutely, positively have to carry everything you own with you.
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