FOUND ON CRAIGSLIST: Your Old-School Winter Beater

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We’re writing this post as a Snowmageddon blizzard bears down on BestRide’s Boston headquarters and threatens an historic dumping of snow. As we wait for the white stuff to hit, here are some old-school rides that could make the slushy aftermath more fun.

The point of a winter beater is to get something fun with extra traction, and not too nice so that you don’t mind if you stuff it into a snowbank or coat it with corrosive salt. These are the way-station cars, the ones with a specific purpose of which you could probably find another.

Or maybe not with this Subaru GL Hatchback. When was the last time you saw one of these? I remember these most as stripped-down front-wheel drive models, but this one looks ready for action on those white Jackman-style wheels.

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This ’80s wagon has potential…

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…and this ’70s wagon needs some work and is only front-wheel drive, but it looks workable.

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Speaking of front-wheel drive, you could throw some snow tires on this Riviera and charge through the accumulation with a little extra comfort and weight.

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If we’re thinking American, then we must include some AMC Eagles. Here’s a trimmed-out coupe, complete with a landau roof…

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…and here’s a raised SX-4 for the snowdrifts.

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Here’s an Eagle wagon in all its woodgrained glory.

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Speaking of woodgrain, those last big GM wagons had excellent weight distribution, and so some winter tires on this Custom Cruiser could make it a fine errand sled indeed. Except for the unfortunate passenger-door sideswipe, this Cruiser might just about be too nice for the salt.

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If you don’t like wood and/or boxy shapes, here’s a slipperier Custom Cruiser from the early ’90s, in snow white.

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If you wanted white and European, then you’d consider this Audi 4000 CS Quattro. You’d probably be committing yourself to the repair frequency of a project car, but that fits, as winter is about suffering.

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Another white mighty mite is another rare Subaru hatchback, this a late-’80s RX. It’s rare now because it was almost unreasonably expensive in its day, and that’s too bad; that bubble glass in back is pretty neat.

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And then it’s tempting to go completely in the opposite direction – traction be damned, let’s go ice racing in a skinny-wheeled, rear-drive Chevette. This one even comes with ice tires. Woo-hoo!

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Stay warm, and tell us in the comments – which of these would you choose as your winter wheels?

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