5 Classic Pickup Trucks Every Enthusiast Wants (5 Unloved Models That Are A Real Bargain)
In the past, mics were tools, something you needed for the job, and not necessarily something you wanted.
This perception has changed over time. Today, many of us want to own a pickup truck. They’ve become almost as refined as cars with the added bonus of having the extra load capacity when you need it, even if you don’t necessarily need the vehicle to work every day.
They’re the multi-tools of the automotive world, and we love them for it. This shift in mindset is a big part of why there is such a big market for classic pickup trucks today. Trucks that were overlooked in the past are coveted today. Here are five classic examples that everyone seems to want, and five old workhorses that are still affordable.
ten Every Enthusiast Wants: Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45
Interest in the FJ40 and FJ45 Land Cruiser has never been higher, as restored and resto-modified vehicles fetch huge sums of money all over the world.
They have become popular for good reason. They come with an incredible bulletproof drivetrain and near-perfect rugged aesthetics. Their reputation precedes them, however, and their price is now too high.
9 Real Bargain: Mazda B-Series
All things JDM are now, and all things 80s are also present. Yet somehow, the B-series remains well and truly off the radar.
That’s actually a good thing for those of us who love them, and while their standard powertrain options leave a lot to be desired, the engine bay has more than enough room for whatever your heart desires ( including a V8 like the one pictured).
8 Every Enthusiast Wants: Land Rover Defender 110
All things Land Rover seem to have become desirable. Although their off-road ability is unmatched, their powertrain has always let them down.
This is why several tuners have embarked on refurbishing these now legendary machines and fitted them with more reliable American V8 engines as well as Tesla powertrains. These incredible machines command a premium, however.
seven Real Bargain: Jeep J10
Jeep’s first pickup, made under the watchful (or is it lazy) eyes of AMC, had several issues. The main one was the corrosion, especially the bed which always seems to rust from the inside.
They are very capable though, and as long as you get one with the reliable inline-6 and deal with the rusting problem before it goes too far, there are good deals to be had.
6 Every Enthusiast Wants: Ford F-100
In many ways, the first generation of the F-Series pickup truck is the very definition of a pickup truck.
They were true beasts of burden, so few survived. Those who did have nearly all been fully restored, and they command a bounty.
5 Real Bargain: Ford Ranchero
The term “muscle-truck” has returned to the vernacular, but it’s certainly not something new. Back when Ford was selling that and Chevy was selling the El Camino, they were selling with big blocks.
If you’re a Ford fan, then the Cobra Jet-equipped Ranchero should really be on your radar, because for some reason they’re still quite affordable compared to the El Camino.
4 Every Enthusiast Wants: Chevrolet C10
Few pickups are restored as much as the C/K Chevy. As a result, there is now a booming secondary market for them.
From bespoke suspension solutions to powertrain solutions, you can get just about anything “off the shelf”, which means replacement parts will never be an issue. Unfortunately, this also means that these are prices too often unreasonable.
3 Real Bargain: GMC Sierra Classic Crew Cab
Pretty much anything that fits this C10 will fit one of those older crew cabs, and while GMC did position them above the regular C10, they’re still more affordable today.
They were generally not beaten as much and because they were the first multi-seater taxis they were either used by the foreman or for recreational purposes.
2 Every Enthusiast Wants: Dodge Power Wagon
The old war veteran is a living legend and frankly deserves all the attention he has received in recent years.
However, that’s impractical by any stretch of the imagination, with old inline-6 making it terribly slow. Changing these engines would also be sacrilege (and ruin its value).
1 Real Bargain: Dodge Ram
Specifically, a ram with a Cummins turbo diesel engine. They’ve become incredibly popular among enthusiasts, but aren’t quite out of reach just yet.
They can also shoot just about anything and remain mostly reliable. Paying a little extra for a good example will be worth it. After all, these were work vehicles and some work vehicles are simply not maintained.