Our Six 4x4’s
I guess my attraction to 4x4’s started when I was a kid. It was always trucks, lorries, tractors and tanks that I would choose to play with. Sports cars didn’t really feature and I never had those Lambo or Porsche posters on my wall. So a desire and “need” to own a 4x4 in real life was inevitable. So here are my top six – not necessarily in any order. I’d be happy to have any in my garage and some already are, have been or will be.
Range Rover Classic – up to 1996.
V8 obviously. The ultimate blend of on road refinement, utilitarian function when needed and off-road capability. Should have bought one years ago before the prices started to climb.
Land Rover Defender – up to 2016.
Personal favourite and we’ve not been without one of some description for the last 20 years. They are far from perfect but the drive just brings a smile to my face. Easy to work on – infinitely repairable, massively useful. I’m not feeling the design of the new model though....
A real life Tonka. I had a Britains model of one as a child and the desire to own one is still strong. Would need a barn though....
The current Rubicon 5 door model – rather than Daisy Dukes. Just liking how they’ve managed to modernise the design without losing its original looks. I’m warming to these more recently and that might be a reaction to the new Defender.
Fiat Panda 4x4
Ridiculous and brilliant at the same time. The staple of every Italian ski chalet owner ... the more dents the better. We saw the one in the picture at the top of Mount Vesuvius.
I so want this to be a great vehicle, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’ll only be interested in a 15 year old one so by that time they’ll have ironed out most of the initial problems!