6 Classic Cars That Are Surprisingly Good Off-Road

If you're looking to go off-road, there's a near-limitless number of options that abound – Jeep Wranglers, Toyota Tacomas, Ford Raptors – the list goes on and on. But bounding through the brush doesn't necessitate big off-road tires, shouty looks, or even a new set of keys. Pick wisely and you can hit the trails from behind the wheel of a classic car.  Need proof? We've picked out six everyday classic cars (not SUVs, not trucks) that can take you further off the beaten path than you might think. Don't agree? Let us know your nominations below. Toyota Tercel 4WD Believe it or not, Toyota's four-wheel-drive Tercel wagon is quite the off-road fiend. It may only have an anemic four-cylinder engine, but the Tercel sports a sold rear axle, a direct mechanical coupling to the transfer case (no center differential), and an extra-low crawl gear. In fact, there's a large community that jacks up their Tercels, fits big wheels underneath, and goes wheeling – successfully too. AMC Eagle SX/4 Sporty coupes aren't necessarily the first cars that come to mind when shopping for off-road vehicles, that is, unless the Eagle SX/4 is on your list. In 1981, AMC took its two-door Spirit coupe and slapped in the all-wheel-drive mechanicals from the Eagle – creating the high-riding SX/4. If you're more of an open-air type, AMC created a targa top 'Sundancer' convertible version of the Eagle as well... all-wheel-drive included. Peugeot 504 Land Rovers and Toyota Land Cruisers may have initially opened up the vast African interior, but it's the Peugeot 504 that has kept its people moving. To this day, fleets and fleets of 504 wagons taxi people across the continent, despite their very apparent old age and significant wear. French company Dangel even developed a four-wheel-drive variant. There's something very elegant about a 504. Volkswagen Golf Country Syncro In 1989, Volkswagen showed up to the Geneva Motor Show with a high-riding 4x4 Golf concept – basically an eye-catching demo of VW's 'syncro' all-wheel-drive system. It caught so many eyes in fact that VW decided to put it into production. For the next two years, VW sent a number of 1.8-liter Golfs to Steyr-Puch to be outfitted with syncro mechanicals, and by the time production ended in December 1991, over 7,500 Golf Countrys had allegedly rolled off the line. They're quite the rarity in the US. Subaru Justy 4WD Forget the high-flying Subaru Impreza rally cars, forget the ubiquitous Subaru Legacy wagons. The quirky Subaru Justy and its optional '4WD' make it a cult classic off-road cruiser. Granted, you wouldn't want to take up rock crawling, but the Justy's little 1.2-liter engine and five-speed could zip you over brush and through bramble just fine. Slap on some larger tires and you'll have the coolest 'wheeler' on the block. Volkswagen Beetle Of all those listed here, the plucky two-wheel drive Beetle might be the least surprising off-road car... namely because of one particular long, thin peninsula in Mexico. In the late '60s, California racers began modifying Beetles for off-road racing and, well, the design worked. The popular 'Baja Bugs' have been competing in the grueling SCORE Baja 1000 ever since. Earlier Beetles make the best Baja Bugs thanks to their torsion bar suspension, rather than the Super Beetle MacPherson struts. RELATED: Jeep celebrated Easter with these 7 wild off-road concepts ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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