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.
1987-1994 Land Rover Range Rover
Though Land Rover's tough, gentleman's utility vehicle began production in the United Kingdom in 1970, it didn't arrive as an official U.S. import until 1987, whereupon this uber-luxurious, uber-capable SUV immediately became an uber-status symbol. Though plagued by various reliability issues, its classic design looks better than ever, and the aftermarket has created bolt-in fixes for many of its intrinsic problems. Go for the later, '91–'94 models, which have handsome five-spoke wheels and fewer gremlins.