There are a lot of great off-road vehicles on the road at the moment. High-tech, well-made, and with all of the best bells and whistles, these are vehicles that can undoubtedly navigate their way through some harsh terrain. But there are some vehicles over the last few decades that were so good at taking on the toughest terrain imaginable that they became legendary, with many drivers to this day singing their praises.
These are five of these legendary vehicles.
1. The Dodge Power Wagon
First being released at the end of the Second World War, the Dodge Power Wagon made a name for itself as the go-to vehicle for all things off-road. Based on the same engineering that had been used in the war, the Power Wagon could handle just about anything, from wind, snow, mud and sand. While they fell out of production in 1950, many enthusiasts have kept them alive and in great condition.
2. Ford Ranger
Ford’s extremely successful Ranger series is one that didn’t see as much success in countries like the United States as it did in others, such as South Africa. The secret to its success is thanks to its ease of repair, compact design, and brilliant engine. The Ranger series is still ongoing, and it’s not uncommon to come across the second-generation Ranger on the roads.
3. Land Rover Defender 110
Land Rover is still going strong, although modern iterations are fairly different to the older Defenders that so many still use and love today, although a person would need to win big at betting sites in Australia to afford one in good condition. The Defender 110 became known among the world for its rugged design and ability to tackle just about any type of landscape thrown at it. The original Defender was designed and built following WWII, and the general theme of a simple, yet exceptionally tough off roader would remain with the company for decades to come.
4. Toyota Land Cruiser
The Land Cruiser, built between 1960 and 1984, was one of Toyota’s most successful vehicles ranges, and they can still often be found today, usually out on farms or as game ranging vehicles. The original Land Cruiser was identical to the famous Jeep CJ, although it didn’t take long before Toyota decided to change up the design. The FJ40 is the specific model that everyone knows and loves, known across the world for its toughness, its low range gearbox, and its large body. The Land Cruiser FJ40 would become the best selling off-roader of its time.
5. Hummer H1
From real wars to war movies, there are few vehicles quite as recognisable as the H1. It was built and designed for the US military, who needed a vehicle that could withstand rocky terrain as well as it could withstand an RPG. Production of the H1 stopped in 2006, and the military has since moved on to other vehicles, but the H1 has remained popular among collectors, and they’re still widely used around the United States.