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JANUARY NEWSLETTER

-New Classic Vehicle Boom-
SUV's & UV's

Everyone knows pickup trucks are one of the most collected categories of classics. But as we start our eleventh year in May, we have seen a great increase in interest and values for SUV’s and UV’s over the last decade. Whether it be an original 1960’s Ford Bronco, a 1970’s Toyota FJ, or a modified 1950’s Suburban restomod, this category of classic vehicle has great upside.

Most collectors in their 40’s or 50’s traveled in a Bronco, Blazer, or something similar in their family growing up. Whether a daily driver for Dad or a weekend off road vehicle, memories were created and are great reasons for a collector to want an SUV/UV.

If you watch the major TV auctions, you will see everything from bone-stock restorations to highly modified and dressed vehicles. They are bringing ever increasing prices due to the limited supply. Many of these vehicles were lost to rust, off road abuse, or just worn out. Many became work vehicles after the family had traded them in. 

Our experience has been mainly with original SUV/UV’s or vehicles restored to how they were made. Every time we have one in stock, there is a great deal of interest. Our advice is if you like them, buy a good one as restoration costs usually exceed the current market value. As with most restored vehicles, it is most economical to buy one completed by someone else and ready to drive. 

If you are in the market for something in this category, please send us an email at sales@mjcclassiccars.com. When a nice vehicle arrives, we will let you know. The two Blazers we have in stock now are great examples of this hot category of collector vehicles. Enjoy the examples below of great vehicles that have passed thru our business recently.

1955 Chevrolet Suburban

Found in dry Colorado in 2001, this way cool vehicle was brought to Florida and restored. Starting with a rust free vehicle, the mechanicals we restored including a newly rebuilt engine and transmission, new brakes, dual exhaust, correct wheels and Coker tires.

In 2002, the vehicle was sold to the second Florida owner and over the next ten years, the cosmetic restoration was completed. Now what you see is a beautiful example of one of the earliest SUV’s and the Suburban line. Less than 500 miles since completion, it is believed that due to the condition of the body and chassis on this Suburban, the odometer mileage of about 54K miles is likely correct.

 
This car received a dual stage repaint in its original Surf Green with a cream stripe. The black upholstery on the split bench seat is believed to be original. The new black carpet, cream headliner, and birch wood panels on the sides and doors are in top condition. The car is equipped with a newly rebuilt Chevy 350 cubic inch V8 and a newly rebuilt 350 turbo automatic transmission.

1972 Jeep Commando

It is believed this beauty has lived in Florida its entire life. Excellent all original car with one repaint and updated wheels. Refresh just completed, so now it is ready for its new owner.

Excellent dual stage repaint in the original Julep Green Metallic with a White hardtop. Excellent original Deluxe Cream Vinyl interior and door panels. Beautiful original dash, gauges, headline and Gold floor mats. The car is equipped with a the original 304 V-8 engine, automatic transmission and four wheel drive. Dealer installed cold air conditioning. Beautiful new color keyed wheels, newer radial tires and original wheel covers.

1976 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

An excellent example of the highly desired K5 Blazer. Purchased new in Tampa, Florida by Owner #1 in 1976. After his passing in about 2008, his widow stored the car for five years. Purchased by Owner #2 in 2013, he completely refreshed the car to original including a complete engine rebuild. An excellent original example of the K5 Blazer. Pampered and babied by its prior owners. Only 61K original miles since built 40 years ago.

Now it will look great in your garage. The car is equipped with the rebuilt factory original 350 cubic inch V-8 engine. Factory automatic transmission and four wheel drive. Lots of power assists. Ice cold factory air conditioning. Body has no rust or accident damage, the underside is as nice as the top! New tires and factory rims.

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE SUV's WE HAVE HAD AT MJC! -(CLICK PHOTOS FOR MORE INFO)

1973 Ford Bronco

1979 Jeep Cherokee S

1984 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ

1985 Land Rover Defender 110

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