Bulbous, soulless SUV’s will continue to flood and dominate the automotive landscape however, this segment had some pretty cool models with bags of character back in the Eighties err, when the mullet was in fashion, and the Blazer, Bronco and Wagoneer roamed the streets. My pick of the bunch during that colourful era was the Ramcharger.
The first gen debuted in 1974 and was based off of the ‘72 Dodge full-size pickup meaning it was also as hard as nails and it had a nifty lift off rear roof section. It remained in production for seven years until Dodge brought out an all-new version in ‘81 — this time without the removable top (it improved the 4x4’s structural rigidity) — and it was offered with several large V8’s with the best being the 360 cubic-inch mated to a three-speed auto (a three-, four-, and five-speed manual could also be had) with 240 horses and plenty of go-anywhere ability what with a Dana 44 front axle. Available with the popular ‘telephone dial’ alloys wrapped with chunky tyres, yards of chrome trim and high-back bucket seats with fold-down armrests, the Ramcharger was the hunkiest of the lot and sold in large numbers until production ended in 1993. Today, a mint condition example can be had for just Dh70,000.