In 1999 the United States Marine Corps put out a request for a small light reconnaissance vehicle that could be transported by a V-22 Osprey. This new vehicle would be a replacement for the aging M151 Jeep and it emphasized speed and agility over armor and beef. General Dynamics won the contract the produced a few thousand of these for the US Military at a cost of $100k-$200k each depending on configuration….and that was the price before options like mortars and .50 cal machine guns. Today’s example is offered at a fraction of the initial price…must have been built by Audi. Find this 2010 General Dynamics M1161 ITV-PM Growler bidding for $13,000 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Fairhope, PA.
I am constantly amazed at how much Fiat-Chrysler-Daimler-Stellantis can charger for a new Jeep Wrangler. The things start at $28k MSRP but can exceed $50k with options. Really, people are willing to shell out $50k for a car built on a chassis designed during WWII? For my money, I’d get 10 used Wranglers for the same amount of cash…or just one Wrangler and save the cash for a getaway home in the high desert somewhere. Find this 1988 Jeep Wrangler offered for $4400 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
The word gladiator comes from Latin; gladius (sword), gladiator (swordsman). In ancient times, gladiators were rough and tough mercenaries who braved the dangers of the Roman arenas and fought in elaborate battles for the entertainment of the masses. Gladiators fights are said to have started as early as 300BC and continued for almost 1,000 years before the adaptation of Christianity within the Roman Empire ended the death for entertainment industry. A few thousand years later, Jeep picked the name Gladiator for their rough and tough mercenary pickup truck… and the only question is, will it still be fighting a thousand years from now? Find this 1984 Jeep Gladiator offered for $9,800 in Placida, FL via craigslist. Tip from Dascpcu.
To the average person muddling through life like a canoer with a golf club for a paddle, an XJ Cherokee Sport is just another old junker. But to people who have their act together, like those with a Yamaha VMAX hooked their canoe, they smile when they see an XJ Sport. The XJ (1983-2001) was all of AMC’s engineering might shoved into a lifted family wagon shape. Jeep sold 3 million of these things during their two decade production run, so you have plenty to choose from, but the one you want is going to be equipped with a 4.0 liter AMC inline-6 and isn’t rusting from the bottom. Find this 2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ Sport offered for $7,250 in Cliffside, NJ via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
This next car gave me a real shock. It is the ultimate DT; Double Take; Daily Turismo; Delirium Tremens; Devil’s Tailgate; Doomsday Turkeybaster, Dunkin Tourniquet; Deepfake Talisman; Deft Turk; Decent Torque; Don’t Tighten; Dandy Toxicity; Dumb Tangent; Double Tonsil; Diametrically Tearse; Dilapidated Transom; Dancing Terrapin; Demonically Turmeric; Digital Turpentine; Demonstrably Terrible…no…Demonstrably Terrific…yesss…that’s the one I’m looking for. I knew I’d get there in the end. Find this 1952 Willys Honda N600 offered for $3,500 in Grandview, TX via forkbook marketpork. Tip from PB.
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 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.
There is something deep within the human psyche that causes a constant desire to one-up the next guy. You see someone with a wood grain dash and you get a wood sided wagon. This next person must have been a regular reader of Stephen Potters hilarious One-Upmanship (I prefer Potter’s original work; The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship or The Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating) and seen a woodie and come to the natural conclusion that a typical woody does not have enough wood. Therefore, he build this rolling sauna. The only questionable part of the build is why you’d suggest using such a vehicle as a BBQ truck…the inevitable roadside fire and news report almost writes itself. Find this 2008 Jeep Commander bidding for $1,050 on ebay reserve-not-met with 5 days to go, located in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
The list of small 4-door pickup trucks isn’t very large — a fact pointed out by the builder of this custom machine, who writes: I built this because I have always felt that the US manufacturers totally missed the boat on the mid-size 4-door pickup market. They built some – but they were all weird-shaped, weird-looking, […]
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 […]