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.
1981-1986 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler
If you want a far more boldly utilitarian Jeep with even greater off-road prowess, you could purchase a CJ – the classic, upright, military-inspired mountain goat that you picture in your mind when the brand is mentioned. Or you could go for one of these, the rare Scrambler variant with an extended wheelbase, a removable rear cap, and an integrated pickup bed. You will invoke envy from Jeep lovers everywhere.
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