Vintage pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles are in demand with car collectors, and especially, it seems, with younger-generation collectors who want vehicles they can use as well as admire.
Several such vehicles were featured recently as part of a “Trucker Tuesday” lineup on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com. Bidding on those vehicles ends on April 27.
Ford’s reintroduction of the Bronco brought a lot of attention to the vintage truck and SUV market, which already was booming well beyond the Baby Boomer generation.
Vintage Broncos have become high-5-figure vehicles and companies doing resto-mod versions — old chassis and bodywork but with new powertrains, suspensions and interior accoutrements — can push into the $200,000-plus price plateau.
And it’s not just vintage Broncos. International Scouts, Chevy Blazers, Toyota FJs, classic Jeeps, and Volkswagen vans have been strong sellers even before the recent popularity of “overlanding.”
Overlanding? It’s the new in-thing. It’s camping, though not in traditional campgrounds, but out in the wilderness, at off-the-grid campsites reached by using 4-wheel drive trails.
Having a vintage vehicle that can still be used for more than simply cruising to a car show also is part of the appeal of vintage pickup trucks, be they from GM, Ford, Dodge, or be they vintage compact imports. Vintage pickups still can carry home-improvement supplies or that oversized video display screen to mount to your wall.
They also are popular with the crowds at car shows and can be worked on by pretty much anyone with shade tree mechanic skills and tools.
Visit the AutoHunter website to see all the vehicles currently open for bidding.