Plow Through the Winter Weather

Found: 4 Great Off-Roaders to Tackle Incredibly Awful Winter Weather


December 15, 2017 Cars By
Editor’s Note: We love scouring the internet for reasons to spend money we don’t have on cars we daydream about owning, and these are our picks this week. All prices listed are bid amounts at the time of publishing.

Now that most of the country is embraced by the bitter (relative) cold of winter, thoughts are turning to the ideal tools to help conquer it. A basic knowledge of alpine survival skills isn’t a prerequisite, but winter tires are definitely a good place to start. And if you want to go one step further, you can get a great off-roader to put that new seasonal rubber to use.

1989 Land Rover Defender County Station Wagon

What we like: The great appeal of a Land Rover Defender is its absolute commitment to simplicity and bare-bones styling. And in the winter months when dirt, snow, mud and water can easily find its way into your car, you’ll be glad the Defender’s interior is as industrial as it gets. Since it was originally designed to tackle the battlefield, it’ll have no problem plowing through town on freshly blanketed roads.
From the seller: This 1989 Defender 110 County is great condition. The 19J fires right up and runs great, it doesn’t leak fluids and has great compression. This is a perfect vehicle to use as-is or would be a prime candidate to do a custom build.

Mileage: 119,810
Location: Sarasota, Florida

1985 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler

What we like: The CJ8 Scrambler needs no introduction, nor does its off-road credential need defending. This particular CJ8, though, would make for a better winter-beater than a year-round long hauler. It’s in relatively good condition for its age, with a rebuilt engine, but there are major rust spots, especially in the bed. It’s no show pony, but this Scrambler will get you through the winter in style.
From the seller: This 1985 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler was acquired by the seller in Tennessee around 2005 and comes equipped with Mopar fuel-injection, a recently rebuilt three-speed automatic transmission, and three-inch lift kit.

Mileage: 163,000
Location: San Francisco, California

1980 International Harvester Scout II Turbodiesel

What we like: In its day the International Harvester Scout II gave Jeeps and the off-roaders of the world a run for their money. Scouts even dominated off-road racing of the era, so there’s no denying the trucks ability when the pavement ends and the conditions turn for the worst. One thing to look out for is that Scouts tend to have a serious rust problem if not looked after well, and electrical wiring can be a pain –especially because replacement parts can be scarce. Still, if you find one in good condition they make for fantastic workhorses.
From the seller: The truck was purchased by the seller in 2013 and shipped to Texas, where it has remained since. Finished in Concorde Blue over a Highland Blue interior, the truck had the floor pans replaced in 2008 and had fiberglass repair work done to the removable hardtop in 2014.

Mileage: 162,000
Location: Plano, Texas

2002 Mercedes-Benz G500

What we like: The G-Wagen, at 38 years, holds the distinction of being the second-longest running model in Mercedes history. But, in the US it’s only been officially available since ’02. In its premier US year, the G500 let Americans know what the Germans had been enjoying for decades. The G-Wagen has a reputation for being entirely too luxurious compared to other SUVs, but nothing can take away from the German 4×4’s off-road capabilities.
From the seller: Cosmetic additions installed include a Front Runner roof rack and brush guards over the lights. Dealership receipts reportedly total over $43K of services and preventative maintenance, and a B-service and full fluid replacement was completed in October.

Mileage: 99,937
Location: Santa Rosa, California
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