10 SUVs Every Collector Should Buy
Many SUVs from the past are now very collectible and can sometimes fetch a good price at auction. It is not difficult to understand why. When you check out some of the SUVs we love from the 60s and 70s, like the classic Ford Bronco or the International Harvester Scout, they command attention as tough, confident vehicles.
Some classic SUVs might be on their way to becoming collectibles, but there are others we want in our garage right now. They are valuable, grab our attention with their designs and features, and they are very reliable. That’s why these SUVs are a collector’s dream. Let’s take a look at the SUVs every collector should buy.
ten Matra Rancho
The Matra Rancho first hit the market in 1977, but seven years later saw the end of its production. It was developed by the French company Matra. It certainly had the off-road presence.
The Matra Ranch was powered by a 1,442cc engine. There was the optional electric winch available. He spoke a lot to the family. Not only that, the Matra Ranch is on collectors’ radar.
9 Monteverdi Safari
Coming from Switzerland, the Monteverdi Safari was only produced from 1976 to 1982. It was based on the International Harvester Scout, another quite collectible SUV.
The Safari was a Chrysler 5.2-liter V.8. A 5.7-liter International Harvester V8 option was available. There was also a 7.2-liter eight-cylinder option with 305 hp. The Swiss automotive masterpiece, the Monteverdi Safari, is definitely worth a look.
8 International Harvest Scout – ‘Spirit of ’76’
The International Harvester Scout is a classic, not to mention a collector’s paradise. When you realize that a model, like the Red Carpet Edition with its red interior, has only been produced in 3,000 units, you begin to wonder how you can get your hands on such a prized SUV.
Some highly collectible models include bicentennial editions, such as the “Spirit of ’76”. The Spirit of ’76 flaunts its blue, white and red paint scheme, capturing the patriotic spirit of this SUV.
seven volkswagen iltis
The Volkswagen Iltis is one of the cheapest military vehicles that civilians can buy. With its history, not only for its military function but also with an Iltis prepared by Audi having won the 1980 Paris-Dakar Rally, the Volkswagen Iltis deserves another look, especially these earlier models.
Another fascinating part of this story is that Jörg Bensinger, an Audi chassis engineer, used the Iltis as a support vehicle for testing in the Scandinavian snow.
6 Lada Niva
The Lada Niva was born in the Soviet Union in the seventies. These first editions are certainly tough SUVs. Small inside and very basic, but built to be driven in rural areas.
They may still be in production, but pre-mid 80s models are considered quite rare, attracting the attention of collectors.
5 Ford Bronco
The Ford Bronco is a collectible SUV. The rarity of the 1966 Ford Bronco U13 Roadster reiterates this. Then there are the special Ford Bronco editions you probably didn’t know existed. This SUV will catch the eye of collectors.
The Ford Bronco has been a reliable and uncompromising SUV since its launch in the sixties. Its attractiveness adds to its desirability. But then check out how much the cheapest and most expensive first-generation Ford Broncos cost.
4 Landrover 110
We first saw this rugged SUV in the early eighties. The 110 is named after its wheelbase length. It featured coil springs for a better ride. The year after the 110 came the 90.
Early Land Rovers are definitely on collectors’ radar, especially when in excellent condition. Not to mention that they can fetch a handsome sum at auction. Based on Hagerty’s appraisal, a good condition 110 is valued at $45,800but they can sell for a lot more.
3 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
Looking at the iconic Chevrolet K5 Blazer 4×4, it had a long production run of 25 years. But back to the first generation K5 Blazer (1969-1972), and you find a four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive, which brings competition to models like the International Harvester Scout.
But then, when you look at how much a classic Chevrolet K5 Blazer is worth today, you realize you could pocket a wad of cash.
2 Jeep XJ Cherokee
The Jeep Cherokee XJ was not only revolutionary in its design, it also caught the attention of collectors, especially the first editions. We first saw the Cherokee XJ in the mid-’80s.
This SUV was offered in both two- and four-door versions, displaying a very robust behavior. Its surprising power and performance make the Jeep Cherokee XJ a favorite for tackling off-road trails.
1 Jeep Wagoner
The Jeep Wagoneer has remained a classic since its release in the sixties. Looking at the 1963 Jeep Wagoneer, it was a trendsetter in many ways, especially considering its automatic transmission and suspension setup. It can also fetch a decent price at auction.
Whether it’s a classic like a Jeep Wagoneer or the rugged-looking Iltis, SUVs of the past have captured the attention of collectors. What was once a way out of the box is now a potential investment.