Posts Tagged ‘suv’

Grandpa’s Truck – 1967 Land Rover Series IIa

June 14, 2016

Frequent readers will know the preference here is for classic cars, as opposed to trucks. While classic trucks have a cool aesthetic, the slant here is towards cars whose full abilities you can approach on the road (and let’s face it, for classics those limits often aren’t very high!). With trucks, it always feels like you’re leaving something on the table – be it their load-carrying capability, their off-road ability, or the sacrifice of comfort in favor of those two strengths. Sometimes though, the allure of trying something different is too hard to resist, as in the case of this 1967 Land Rover Series IIa for sale for $4000 in SeaTac, WA.

1967 Land Rover Series IIa left front


Umm, 3 Wipers and 3 Shifters? – 1975 UMM Alter

March 9, 2016

When Jeeps, AROs, and Mercedes G-wagens are too boring, you have to do a deep search of online classifieds to find something truly unusual, at least on this continent: the UMM Alter. Conceived in France by a former manufacturer of military Jeep parts and upgrades, the rights were sold to the Portuguese União Metalo-Mecânica, who built the cars using Jeep running gear, a Peugeot diesel engine (among others), and some truly weird front end styling ahead of what could generously be called a big box on wheels. As with Land Rovers, many Alters went to utilities, municipalities, and other organizations needing utility vehicles, though they were not quite as successful in the private sector. They did enjoy a good reputation for durability, which is probably how at least one made it to the US – check out this 1975 UMM Alter for sale for $3600 in Hampstead, NH.

1975 UMM Alter left front


Who Needs a 500X – 1977 Fiat 124 Spider 4×4

February 17, 2016

Always wanted a Jeep or Bronco, or perhaps a Fiat 500X, but couldn’t stomach the crude design or the lack of a convertible top? Well, your solution is here. Someone took an unsuspecting little Fiat spider, gutted it, and plopped it on top of a 4×4 chassis. And it wasn’t the usual platform from a Suzuki Samurai, often used for lifting small cars, but a big-boy chassis from a Nissan Pathfinder, with a V6 no less. And unlike the above 4x4s, you needn’t give up Pininfarina’s styling for off-road ability. Check out this 1977 Fiat 124 Spider for sale for $4000 in Dewey, AZ.

1977 Fiat 124 Spider 4x4 right front