People have been taking cars off-road long before there were designated off-road vehicles. Adventuring further than paved roads is a pastime for some and a necessity for others, and while there are plenty of modern off-roaders out there, you shouldn’t overlook the classics. Classic off-road vehicles were purpose-built and often lacked many of the modern luxuries that we’ve come to expect today. They were tough, capable, powerful, and usually wicked cool. If you plan on spending any time off road, consider one of the following classic off-roaders before you go out and buy that shiny new Jeep Wrangler. Some of these are older than others, but they all have two things in common: they’re tough off-road and the model or particular generation of model is out of production.
1. Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender is legendary. With its roots going all the way back to 1948, it’s a trusted vehicle all around the world, whether you’re roughing it in the outback of Australia or experiencing a safari in Africa. The Defender is known for its tough construction and bulletproof engines. These things can (and have) run for decades and take on some of the most challenging terrain the world has to offer while doing it.