There are lifted vehicles and then there is a LIFTED vehicle. This next one is an example of the latter, where the lift is as much cosmetic as it is functional. Yes, you could go mudding in this next van or cross the Rubicon, but you could just as easily drive over the shrubs dividing the parking spaces at your nearest Costco or find a railroad crossing where you can try and get air. Freedom. Find this 1978 Chevrolet G3500 Van offered for $11,000 in Riverside, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The Daihatsu Motor Company was originally founded in 1907 as the Hatsudoki Seizo Co., and it is Japan’s oldest automaker, but it certainly isn’t the most famous or successful here in the United States. For a few years Daihatsu tried to tap into the North American auto game, but they were unsuccessful, no doubt partly due to the fact that buyers/sellers couldn’t spell their name. If the Daihatsu Motor Company is good enough to be owned by the Toyota Motor Corp, then a Rocky is good enough to be owned by you. Find this 1991 Daihatsu Rocky 4X4 offered for $6,800 in Willow Glen, CA via craigslist.
In the Venn diagram that shows an overlapping circles of 4X4s, exposed hood scoops, and El Caminos…there is a little spot in the middle known as a hillbilly bonanza. It is that magic combination of big tires and big promises that can only be inspired by moonshine distilled in a swamp. It is magical. Find this 1959 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $8001 (reserve-not-met) located in Bohemia, NY via ebay.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: Facebook Marketplace find that popped up: A rather unusual mud toy even by Cartersville, Georgia standards. Indeed, this isn’t your grandfather’s Daihatsu. This thing has been lifted three inches and rides on Mattracks — which means it will go as far as you are willing to deal with the inevitable failures associated with replacing the wheel with about 47 different mechanisms. I’m not saying it won’t be fun…but just watch the Grand Tour when they went to Madagascar. Find this 1996 Daihatsu Hijet offered for $12,500 in Cartersville, GA via facetrack marketank.
This next car comes from tipper FuelTruck who writes: For the man who loves to get out of his daily rut, and get stuck in the muddy kinds. For the man that loves to get away from it all, and get towed back home. For the man who loves to stop and smell the roses, and pick up the fallen-off bits of his truck. Yes the Land Rover Discovery. The vehicle that will let you discover the wilderness, and the limits of your credit card all at the same time. Find this 2002 Land Rover Discovery II SE offered for $19,500 in Mount Pleasant, SC.
The Ford Excursion was only sold for a single generation from 2000 through 2006. It was a full sized heavy duty Class 2 SUV built on Ford’s F250 Super Duty platform and a direct competitor to GM’s Suburban SUV. The Suburban survived the early 2000s gas price crisis and the 2008 carpocalypse, but the Excursion went into the history books and the used car lots around the planet. Today we’ve got an Excursion that isn’t just the mean (and not at all green) Triton V10 powered version, but it is also 4X4 and converted into a limousine setup. Find this 2003 Ford Excursion XLT V10 Limo bidding for $5,100 in Binghampton, NY via carsandbids.com.
AMC fanboys and Eagle lunatics alike might not want to admit it, but the AMC Eagle was the original crossover. It combined a car-like chassis/ride with a truck-like raised suspension and off-roading capability…but it wasn’t that great at doing either thing. At least it was powered by a big AMC inline-6 shared with various Jeep and Jeep-like things. Find this 1986 AMC Eagle Wagon offered for $12,985 in Cary, IL via Hemmings. Tip from BP.
The Toyota FJ Cruiser (2010-2018) was a retro-style mid-sized SUV that should not be confused with the original Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 (1960-1984). The FJ Cruiser did however take off where the FJ40 left by being built on a proper body-on-frame chassis with suspension borrowed from the LandCruiser Prado/4Runner/Tacoma. Today’s example is not only equipped with the rare 6-speed manual, but also sports a TRD supercharger for extra punch. Find this 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser bidding for $8100 with 4 days to go in Naples, FL via carsandbids.com. Seller submission from Serge.
This next car comes as a tip from Zach Z who writes; Eight (wheels) is great. 17 (horsepower) is more than twice as good, if my math is correct. More than two horsepower per wheel – what trails would you blaze? Find this 1970 ASV Sur-Trek offered for $2500 in the North Pole via craigslist.
The 2nd generation of the Jeep Wrangler was known as the “TJ” and it was built from 1997 through 2006. This is probably the best year you can get for a car, if you ask the luddites around the DT HQ — it is new enough to have safety features like seat belts and ABS, […]