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.
1984-1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
The first true luxury SUV, the Jeep Wagoneer was in continuous production for almost 30 years, starting in 1963. But it is in the final generation of woodies that all of the ingredients came together: power-operated leather seats, electric windows and doors, deep pile carpeting, and an omnipotent four-wheel-drive system. The final years, from 1989–1991, also saw unique exterior colors and upgraded interiors, making them the most desirable.
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