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.
1979-1989 Toyota Pickup
Known as one of the world's most reliable and indefatigable vehicles, the Toyota Pickup (or Hilux) is beloved by South American ranchers, African UN aid workers, and Middle Eastern warlords. The earlier first- and second-generation trucks have oddball semi-Italianate styling, but they weren't available with four-wheel drive. The later trucks became bloated and bland. This slightly curvaceous third generation is the one you want.