Once upon a time, in a not-so-distant land, SUVs were vehicles with a purpose. Now they are slowly being phased out by their smaller, more efficient siblings, the crossovers. The classic, old models that we knew and loved were engineered for specific tasks—and were actually used for these tasks. Today, we see drivers opting for SUVs with immense towing power but using them only as cool-looking minivans to tote around their Duggar-esque families.
CNN Money recently honored these classic and purposeful SUVs of olden days, and the Toyota Land Cruiser topped the list: not the Land Cruiser we still see today (although we’re still big fans of that model) but a much older Land Cruiser, from 1960 to 1984. CNN Money admits that unlike most other SUVs, the Land Cruiser has never abandoned its sense of purpose and that although we may see them frequently parked outside our favorite shopping mall, we’d be just as likely to see the current model braving the African plains.
But there’s just something special about the old Toyota Land Cruiser that has made it what CNN Money calls a “collectible SUV.” Collectors across the globe have been paying big bucks for this baby as more and more have begun to surface in the last five years. In fact, one recently sold at the Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction back in January for $88,000!
Do you have an SUV that you consider a collectible? Tell us in the comment section below, and post a picture if you can!
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