Small and capable 4x4s have exploded in the collector market recently. It started a few years ago with the Toyota FJ40, which went from a cheap farm tool—you could pick up one on Craigslist for less than $5000—to custom restorations by boutique shops, whose prices cleared $200,000. Collectors looking for cool, low-value 4x4s then moved on to Broncos. When they were priced out of Broncos, they turned to Cherokees and FJ60s. Now, even Cherokees and late-model Land Cruisers are out of budget for drivers who want a cheap, charismatic 4x4 to cruise around town and occasionally take off-road.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2020/03/26/suzuki-samurai-sub-10k-4x4