It would appear that the hot new trend in cars is actually pretty old. Rather than spending their money on a sporty Tesla or a luxurious new Mercedes C series, America’s upper echelon seems to be recently taken with vintage SUVs. Because what says opulence and overindulgence more than a 40-year-old truck that gets six miles to the gallon and requires thousands in annual upkeep?
But it is not just because they are expensive to maintain. There is something special about these SUVs of yesteryear. Unlike the SUVs of today, which are often nothing more than a roomier sedan, the 1972 Chevy Suburban or Jeep Grand Wagoneer is a real rough-and-tumble truck’s truck.
SUVs today bottom out going over speed bumps. Old school SUVs could ride over a pile of smaller cars without skipping a beat. SUVs today are riddled with crumple-zones and airbags every two feet. Old school SUVs are giant, screaming, steel boxes that simply obliterate anything that comes in it’s path. SUVs today have sensors everywhere to help you see what is around the corner or behind you. Old school SUVs don’t give a shit – they just run stuff over.
Plus, these old trucks really make you put in work to get them going. And not just from a monetary standpoint. To even shift gears, push the clutch, or steer takes legitimate effort – something you don’t get with today’s power steering, ABS brakes, and automatic transmission. And for wealthy people who might feel their lives have become overly pampered, this is a good way to help put some callouses on their hands and some hair on their chest.
And while this new trend may be an ethicist/ecologist’s nightmare, if you can get past how unsafe and unclean these cars are, they do give a vastly different driving experience than anything else on the road.
So, if you are looking to turn heads in your neighborhood or give your kids the coolest carpool available, here are a few of the most popular and commonly renovated vintage SUVs on the market.