The Best SUVs for Car Collectors
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The Best SUVs for Car Collectors

Written By: John Linden

As SUVs gain popularity, collectors are racing to purchase classic models. The market has some well-preserved models available for purchase, but they aren’t that easy to find. If you are lucky enough to spot a deal, you want to snag it and hold on. It could be worth six figures one day in the future.

Some hot models aren’t that old yet but will be worth a pretty penny in a few more years. Check out these 9 SUVs for car collectors.

1978-1996 Ford Bronco
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1978-1996 Ford Bronco

The earlier you go, the more you pay. If you can’t afford one of the classics, go for something a little newer and store it away in the garage. On the collector’s market, some models fetch a super high price.

The first-generation is the most desired. Everyone wants a full-size 1978 Bronco. This truck features unique sheet metal grille. It also comes with a stable front axle suspension, so it was a popular option for off-road enthusiasts.

During the early 1980s, Ford refined its exterior design and gave it a Twin-Traction Beam front suspension. It became the first full-size vehicle to feature an independent front suspension. No matter what model you find yourself with, you are guaranteed a solid off-road ride. Sure, it doesn’t offer the same comfort driving down the highway, but that’s part of the appeal.

2000-2004 Nissan Xterra
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2000-2004 Nissan Xterra

The Xterraprovides old-school charm with a modern appeal. It wants to go off-road so bad it can taste it. This model came on the Frontier pickup chassis. This construction helped to keep the costs down.

When it was first released, the verdict was out. It took people some time to warm up to the SUV. Up until 2002, the powertrain just didn’t seem to have the punch it needed. Then, Nissan added a supercharged V6 option which bumped the output to 210 horsepower.

Overall, it’s robust and has lots to offer. Even if you find a stock model, you can enjoy a mild trail ride. Plus, it doubles as a daily rider with decent handling during a commute. The value hasn’t yet skyrocketed, so you still have time to get a deal.

2000-2003 Dodge Durango 5.9 R/T
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2000-2003 Dodge Durango 5.9 R/T

Dodge opened some doors with its Durango model. It is a mid-size SUV that has room for seven people. At the time, this was a big deal and not something every automaker offered.

The smaller size was a great alternative to the massive Ford Expedition and Chevy Tahoe, so it had a cult following. The 5.9 R/T is the performance variant. It included some additional luxury features as well. If you can find a clean model, you are going to pay a small fortune to get one.

With that said, it’s only going to increase in value as the years pass by, so scoop up the investment while you can.

1994-2004 Land Rover Discovery
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1994-2004 Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover is driven by the elite, but that wasn’t always the case. Yes, you will find high prices on the Classic and Defender, but the Discovery flew under the radar for many years.

We love that the Discovery, otherwise known as a Disco, has a classic appeal. It features a steeped roofline, expansive glass and a lower beltline which provides exceptional visibility, no matter what direction you look from.

You can find models with seven-passenger seating. The best part is the smooth ride, solid axle and coil spring suspension. It handles any terrain with ease and creates a fun ride. Unfortunately, it doesn’t feature a good reputation for durability. You might spot some leaking oil, but it’s still worth buying.

1999-2001 Isuzu Vehicross
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1999-2001 Isuzu Vehicross

Back in the day, you couldn’t easily find an off-road SUV. Still, Isuzu was ahead of the game. They had a solid reputation as far as 4WD vehicles were concerned; just look at the Trooper.

In 1999, Isuzu created the two-door Vehicross to appeal to another market. It comes complete with remote reservoir monotube KYB shocks, BorgWarner Torque on Demand 4WD and a shortened wheelbase. It also comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 215 horsepower.

You won’t find this model easily; only 4,000 were ever shipped to the States. During its last year, there was an Ironman Edition released with some neat specs. Find one of these to collect more money down the road.

1988-1998 Suzuki Sidekick
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1988-1998 Suzuki Sidekick

No one will argue when you tell them this was the best compact SUV during the 1990s. Its rugged off-road ability and low price tag made it a real winner.

The interior features a good amount of room in either the two or four-door model. It also contains a reliable engine, which is what makes it worth the investment. Just like with Jeep, this vehicle offers a convertible or hard-top option to create even more fun.

1974-1980 Dodge Ramcharger
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1974-1980 Dodge Ramcharger

The Ramcharger offers a similar size to the Ford Bronco. It was the only SUV Dodge made until the Durango hit the scene. Sadly, there’s no removable top option like with a Bronco, but it does have superior off-road ability.

It’s also considered to be one of the easiest to work on and has exceptional durability. The Ramcharger was produced until 2001, even though sales in the United States ended earlier. They aren’t hard to find, but early models will have a higher price attached to them.

1963–1991 Jeep Wagoneer
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1963–1991 Jeep Wagoneer

This is an iconic SUV that everyone knows. It has a rugged, unique exterior and exceptional power. There’s plenty of room inside for the family and is the inspiration behind the newer Cherokee.

The value of these classic vehicles is on the rise. There’s even a market for companies who restore them. Grab one now before they become too expensive to touch.

1976–1986 Jeep CJ-7
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1976–1986 Jeep CJ-7

If nothing but an original Jeep will do, the CJ-7is the way to go. Finding this iconic version isn’t difficult; it’s just a matter of how much you are willing to spend.

Buy now and hold onto it for a few more years. The price will continue to rise and will help fund your retirement later.

Which SUVs for Car Collectors Do You Like Best?

Are one of these nine something you would invest in, or do you prefer something else? Tell us about your favorite SUV and why you think it makes a great collectible.