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.
1991 Audi 200 20V Avant
Only a small number of these full-size, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Audi wagons were produced, and even fewer made it to the United States – maybe as few as 150. But back in 1991, it was Audi's top-of-the-line model, with all of the performance, comfort, safety, and convenience upgrades. It has style, grace, and one of the most unique combinations of rounded and angled design. Also, it looks like nothing else on the road. Don't you deserve something as special as you are?
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