I promised to reveal my top 5 choices, following on from Saturday’s Auction Time post. Here’s #1, the 1993 Land Rover NAS Defender 110:
I don’t know if I’d ever need to go off-road for any reason, but it’s nice to know that if I did, I’d have one of the best-ever vehicles for the task (with a proper 4-wheel drive, not that “all-wheel” nonsense) at my disposal. (Maybe I’ve been influenced by Doc Russia’s Doom Wagon — here and here — just a little.)
Also, Mr. Free Market has one of these LWB 110s, and when I was Over There we put many mile on it, en route to the various shooting ranges. Apart from the kidney-shattering ride, I loved the experience — and it sure was nice to be able to throw muddy boots and such into the back without any misgivings about damage or dirt to the interior.
So yeah, that’s my #1 choice. Its only serious competitor (in the utility vehicle category, that is) was the FJ Company’s (smaller) Toyota FJ43:
…which would be my backup pick should the Landy’s price get bid out to the stratosphere.
The rest of my choices will follow over the next four days.