13. Jeep CJ-5
As one of the longest-running models in Jeep’s history, the CJ-5 dates to 1954. The Kaiser used an M38A1 Jeep in the Korean War. It’s worth noting that the CJ-5 was a basic car (via Motor Trend), even by classic SUV standards. But it is on the top of the list as the most influential car that started the SUV craze. The Willys CJ-5, which followed the Jeep CJ-5 after 1964, was an extremely durable car. Also, it was the vehicle of choice for many generations of driving enthusiasts. Apart from regular versions powered by a wide palette of engines, this Jeep also had numerous special editions to attract even more customers.
Then there was the 1970 Renegade I and 1971 Renegade II, with their own special sets of colors and low production numbers. They produced the CJ-5 until 1983 in more than 600,000 vehicles. This means there are still hundreds if not thousands of these off-roaders to keep fans entertained as restoration projects. You’ll have tons of fun while driving this capable, legendary American icon.