What do you do after you are done going offroading in your convertible Firebird? Why jet skiing, of course…or at least the seller of this next vehicle is willing to trade it for a jet ski, and I’m pretty sure this would drive like a jet ski, off or on road. Find this 1999 Pontiac Firebird offered for $3,500 in South Florida via craigslist. Tip from James.
The AMC Eagle was the original crossover. It combined a car-like chassis/ride with a truck-like raised suspension and off-roading capability. Today’s example is modified version, but it looks cool and has as much clearance as a Jeep. Find this 1983 AMC Eagle 4X4 offered for $9999 in San Luis Obispo, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
This next car comes from a time when steel was cheap, gasoline was plentiful, and trucks were beasts. I’ve really been impressed with the way modern trucks drive on the road because there was a time when trucks (like this International) were uncomfortable, clunky, bumpy, and terrifying to drive. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting an old truck…because with all of that beefy mass comes ruggedness, easy repairs, off-road prowess, and go-anywhere fun that won’t be matched with a new car that you are afraid to scratch with a tree branch or bash with a boulder. Good luck changing the starter in a 2019 F-150 without some specialized tools and a free weekend, but you could swap the starter on a Scout with a cresent wrench in a muddy field on the way to work. Find this 1975 International Harvester Pickup offered for $6000 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
This next car comes from tipper SecondMouse who writes: I confess I am not a Jeep person myself, but I know people who won’t drive anything else, and I can understand their appeal if you spend any time off road. Here is a pristine example complete with recent new engine and hardtop. I find it ironic that some many Jeeps are driven by poseurs (broseurs?) because the Jeep is such a non-poseur from an engineering/design/tech perspective — it is a big middle finger to progress. It’s body on frame with suspension derived from an ox-cart, has a pushrod engine that could be at home on a boat, the aerodynamics of a Windsor Castle, and seats taken from a stagecoach…and that goes for any Jeep made by Willys in 1940 to a Jeep made by Stellantis today. Haha Stellantis. I can’t stop laughing. Find this 1987 Jeep Wrangler Laredo 4.0 offered for $5500 in Richmond TX, a suburb of Houston via craigslist.
Most people know the big three Japanese auto manufactures Honda, Nissan and Toyota for their mainstream approach to car design and sales…but Japan has many auto manufacturers for an island that has less than 2% of the world’s population. If Mazda is the other Japanese car manufacturer like pork is the other white meat, and […]
You might have never heard of the Infiniti QX4 before today…well…because it is an oddball luxury SUV from Nissan’s luxury brand sold from 1997-2003. You can barely throw a timing belt without hitting a Nissan Pathfinder around these parts, but good luck finding a QX4 — I have to imagine that Infiniti only sold a […]
Mitsubishi is an oddity among the major Japanese automakers. It doesn’t have the “reliability” stamp of Honda/Toyota, but it doesn’t make many “fun” cars like Subaru (except for the Evo and maybe the VR4 things…but that is a story for another time)…but you shouldn’t overlook some of the 90s Bishis because they offer a surprising […]
I hate to contribute to the general panic around the coronavirus…but like the 50th person jumping into a dogpile, I feel only a small pang of regret in my gut. Or is that the coronavirus? Lack of smell and pangs in your gut? I gotta google this. Hang on….nope, I’m good. Anyway, if you are […]
The 2nd generation Samurai is a compact off-roader from Suzuki, built from 1981-1998. The Samurai makes a miserable ride on tarmac, but is legendary for its off-road capability, with one beating a Jeep record for highest altitude achieved for a 4-wheeled vehicle at 21,942 ft. We think the Samurai is a logical choice for someone […]
The last few years has been an interesting time for cheap car lovers (like me, the other DT writers…and you) — and mostly unfavorable. Classics have jumped up across the board, late model interesting things have gotten serious interest and overhyped prices and the last decade of cars have not depreciated in the manner you […]