Any car fanatic has toyed with the prospect of owning a military vehicle. They're unique and are engineered for the battlefield. Some people aren't even aware you can buy a military vehicle and sometimes for less than $10,000 if you know where to get them. You can even buy a tank if you want to, but you won't be able to take it on the road because there's no authority that'll give you the license to operate. This is mainly because of the size. Vehicles that are over 102 inches wide aren't allowed on the road. Most States have made it illegal for tracked vehicles to be on the road. You should be aware of all the rules and regulations before you buy any military vehicle.
To have a picture of the military vehicles you can buy, you just have to go on eBay. There are hundreds of military vehicles on sale dating back to as early as 1945. There's a budget for every customer, and most of the vehicles were manufactured for war. The laws of ownership apply both to the military and to civilians. There are a couple of military vehicles I would love to own just for the fun of it. It makes you feel powerful and in control, which is a fleeting feeling. Here are 20 military vehicles you can actually own.
20 Jeep Staff Car Concept- $40,000
The Jeep Staff Car Concept is street-legal and is something you would be very proud of driving in traffic. It's eye-catching and could be considered a modification of the Jeep Wrangler JK, only that it has a bigger wheelbase. It features a stock drivetrain and a unique instrument panel.
All the parts have been modified for a military vehicle. In terms of displacement, it features a 3.6-liter V6 engine, which can produce up to 285 horsepower.
The vehicle has a top speed of 110 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 8 seconds. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as you'd expect in a military vehicle. You can get a 2015 version for around $40,000.
19 Renault Sherpa- $272,000
The Renault Sherpa is only available through special order. The Sherpa family consists of 6 vehicles that are primarily for light armored defense. The car doesn't come cheap because it's been designed with armor technology. The car is best suited for tactical missions, which is something that attracts civilians to it.
It's made a couple of appearances in the French Dakar Rally, which is one of the toughest in the world.
It has a 4.76-liter 4-cylinder engine, which can produce up to 215 hp and has a 6-speed automatic transmission. A civilian has to be very rich to buy the Renault Sherpa because of the hefty price tag, and you'll have to pay extra to get the best out of the vehicle.
18 GAZ Tigr- $110,000
The GAZ Tigr was first used by the Russian army in 2006. It's what you would term an "infantry mobility vehicle." The design of the GAZ Tigr was for transporting troops and goods both on the road and off-road. The car resembles the Humvee, which has been used by American troupes for a long time. It comes with a 5.9-liter diesel engine with a permanent 4-wheel drive. It also comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. The interior is decent even by civilian standards. There are leather seats, an audio system, and air conditioning, which you wouldn't be expecting in a military vehicle. Acquiring one might be simple, but you have to part with $110,000.
17 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6- $523,000
This car was developed for the Austrian army from 2007. It featured 6 wheels and was Mercedes's largest and second-most expensive street-legal off-road vehicle. The design still looked good despite it being a military truck.
The car has a 5.5-liter V8 engine, which can produce up to 536 hp pulling 560 lb-ft. It's one of the most expensive SUVs from Mercedes, and you'll have to pay $523,000 to get your hands on one.
Mercedes was producing the vehicle targeting armies because world governments could afford the price tag. You can import the car from the Mercedes dealership in Germany. It might cost more because of the import levies and duties.
16 Paramount Marauder- $485,000
The Paramount Marauder is among the very few vehicles to be produced in Africa. The car is manufactured by Paramount Group in South Africa and was first introduced to the world in Abu Dhabi in the year 2007. The payload capacity was designed to carry arsenal, which includes machine guns and missile launchers. It has a double-skin hull, which can protect the vehicle from projectiles. The Marauder is valued at $485,000, and you'd have to order first before you can get yourself one. There have been a total of 250 units produced since the car first hit the assembly line. It's been featured in Top Gear, and Richard Hammond loved driving it in the city, except for fast food drive-through.
15 Go-Ped Knightrider- $4,700
The Go-Ped Knightrider has been used by both the US and the Israel army. Who would want to own a scooter that can be driven on rough terrains? The Go-Ped Knightrider is designed for stealth riding on hostile terrains, which is essential in combat situations. It's lithium-powered and has a range of 25 miles with a top speed of 19 mph, which is still great, considering it's used in hostile environments. The portable vehicle costs around $4,700, which is affordable to most people, but the practicality might not make sense, given the fact that most people live in urban areas. According to Go-Speed Rep Dan Lapid, the vehicle has been used by special ops for prestigious armies around the world.
14 Polaris MV850 TerrainArmor Edition- $15,000
This is the ultimate off-road from Polaris, which is one of the biggest suppliers of vehicles to the US army. It's not a vehicle you'd want to buy if aesthetics are one of your priorities. The body has been designed with functionality in mind. A keen observer would draw similarities to the Jeep M38 because of the cargo arrangement and the boxy exterior looks. It has a total carrying capacity of 600 lbs, and the front of the deck provides storage for all the gears you need. When it comes to the drivetrain, the Polaris has an 850 cc two-cylinder single-transmission engine. It comes standard with electronic power steering. The vehicle can look good with a little modification from the owner. The price starts at $15,000, and you can get all the information from Polaris's website.
13 Supacat LRV 400- $25,000
The Supacat LRV 400 is a military vehicle that's manufactured by the British company SC Group, which specializes in the military automobile. The car has been supplied to the military since 1983, and there have been many versions over the years. This car is the ultimate carrier for special forces. The Supacat borrows heavily from the Wildcat, which was originally a land rover rally runner. The rallying heritage has been incorporated in the new design of the LRV 400.
It features a 3.2-liter 5-cylinder turbocharged engine which produces 236 horsepower.
Buyers have the option of going for the V8 engine, which can produce up to 640 hp. The starting price of the Supacat LRV 400 is set at $250,000, and you have to order through the company.
12 Oshkosh L-ATV- $450,000
The Oshkosh L-ATV is set to replace the aging Humvee, which has been part of the US army for decades. The company is set to deliver the Oshkosh L-ATV up to 2040. Civilians can also own the Oshkosh L-ATV, provided they pass background checks.
The car has a base price of $250,000, and one will have to pay $450,000 to include the weapons, the armors, and an R&D radio. A civilian isn't allowed to own the $450,000 option because of the inclusion of military weapons.
The car was conceived because of the Iraq war. The US army was using the Humvee, which was for payload mobility and not warfare. The army experienced heavy casualties as a result. Adding armor to the Humvee only proved futile because it hindered mobility.
11 DUKW "Duck" Amphibious Truck- $78,000
This has to be the oldest on the list, as its origin can be traced all the way back to 1942 during the Second World War. The vehicle was designed to be used both on land and in the sea, hence its boat-like appearance. There were a total of 21,000 units built between 1942 and 1945, and there are a considerable number that are still roadworthy. There was one sold at auction in 2014 for $78,000. This was a restored duck, and you're likely to get them cheaper, although they might not be in great condition. The vehicle was powered by a 92 hp inline 6-cylinder engine. It weighed an astonishing 15,000 lbs, which meant it wasn't mobile at all. It made up for the lack of speed with indefatigability.
10 Volkswagen Bombardier ILTIS- $5,000
You can get this military vehicle for less than $5,000 on eBay, and it would still be in very good condition. The Volkswagen Bombardier ILTIS was on the assembly line from 1978 to 1988 during which a total of 9,557 units were produced with the majority being bought by the German forces.
There was a plant in Canada that produced a total of 2,673 units for the North American market.
The one that's being sold on eBay only has 25k miles on the odometer reading, which is a bargain, given the price of the vehicle and its military background. The first generation came with a 1.7-liter 4-cylinder Volkswagen engine, which could produce up to 75 horsepower. It was chosen by the German military because of the quality of its components.
9 Humvee- $10,000
The Humvee is the most popular military vehicle that's used by American troops. It's been used a lot in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. The car is being phased out as the US military transitions to the Oshkosh L-ATV. There are a lot of Humvees that have been disposed of, and you can get them for cheap. The car has been on the assembly line since 1984, and they're still being produced to this day. In 2014, the US government sold over 4,000 Humvees to civilians, with some of the vehicles having very low mileage. It was an auction event, and prices started at $10,000. You can still get the vehicle on the second-hand market for about $10,000 for a model that was produced in the '90s.
8 OT-64 Skot- $25,000
This vehicle was jointly developed by Czechoslovakia and Poland in the '60s. There were a total of 4,500 units produced, with 1,500 of them being exported to foreign markets. A good number of them are rusting in Russia, and you can get them for as low as $25,000 if you include shipping. There aren't so many of them that are in the United States, given that they were produced outside the country. Several variants were built, with some being re-equipped as tank hunters and for air defense. Buying the T-64 Skot might not be a good idea because they're not street-legal. It wouldn't make any sense unless you're an African warlord or a billionaire who collects military arsenal from different parts of the continent.
7 Sherman Tank -$550,000
This is another piece of arsenal from the Second World War. There was one that was being auctioned on eBay and had a starting price of $550,000, even though it was fully restored. The Sherman Tank was popularly used by the US in World War II because it was cheap to produce and was very reliable in the battlefield. The ease of production meant that the US could produce it in large numbers. There were upgraded and improved versions of the Sherman Tank that were used in other world conflicts long after the Second World War was over. There are still several units that are running, but that shouldn't be so surprising, given the fact that they were produced in large numbers.
6 Alvis CVRT Stormer- $30,000
The Alvis CVRT Stormer is still in production up to today and can comfortably seat 12 with 2 people manning the machine guns, which isn't an option that would be sold to civilians. This vehicle will set you back $30,000 for a used one, which is a reasonable price compared to those of other compact SUVs in the market, as the other compact SUVs don't come fully armored.
It rocks a 6.0-liter 6-cylinder engine, which can produce up to 250 hp.
It has a top speed of 50 mph, which is decent for a combat situation. This is the kind of vehicle you'd only buy if you have the money to burn because it can only appeal to a collector. Doomsday preppers could also find it interesting, given the price tag.
5 Supacat All-Terrain Mobility Platform MkIV- $60,000
This is yet another military Supacat vehicle that can be owned by civilians. The lightweight 6-wheel vehicle is used by militaries across the world because of its functionality. The vehicle can be configured to perform so many different roles. It can be used in casualty evacuation situations, carrying a heavy load and basic army-training aid. This vehicle makes practical sense for a civilian to own. It's capable of handling 1.6 tonnes, and it's fully amphibious. A new one costs around $60,000, but you can still get second-hand ones that are roadworthy for less than $15,000. If you want a vehicle that can carry a heavy load and is used by world militaries, the Supacat All-Terrain Mobility Platform MkIV is a perfect choice.
4 Dodge WC Utility Truck- $5,000
The Dodge WC series was specifically meant for the military during World War II. They came with the option of a 4WD or a 6WD. The Dodge WC accounted for more than half of the trucks that were supplied to the US military in the Second World War. There were different models that came with different engines. All Dodge WC engines were liquid-cooled and came with a 4-speed manual transmission. A couple of were shipped to Europe and were used in other wars after WW2. There are still a few of them running, and the price range is from $5,000 to $300,000. eBay has several listings of the Dodge WC Utility trucks. You just have to identify the correct one.
3 Steyr Puch Pinzgauer- $25,000
The Steyr Puch comes from the Pinzgauer family of high-performance military vehicles. The vehicle has been on the assembly line from 1971, and the company still produces amazing trucks up to today. The name "Pinzgauer" comes from a strong Australian-bred horse. The company has gone through different ownerships, but the quality of their military trucks still remains.
There's a 1974 Steyr Puch Pinzgauer on eBay for $29,950, which goes to show the quality of the truck.
You can get others that are cheaper, but they wouldn't be in as great condition as the one that I've mentioned. A lot of them are also likely to have low mileage because the owners keep them for austerity, which is totally understandable.
2 SdKfz 251- $624,000
This half-truck armored vehicle was designed to transport German soldiers to the battlefield during the Second World War. It's surprising that a couple of them made it to the United States. There's a fully restored SdKfz 251 currently being sold at $624,000, and there are some people who've already shown interest in the German war automobile. There were a total of 15,252 units produced, and the majority of them aren't functional today. In terms of design, there were 4 main models that formed the basis upon which the 22 variants were produced. They featured armor plates, which were designed to provide an extra layer of protection from machine-gun and rifle bullets.
1 Volvo TP21 Sugga- $25,000
The Volvo TP21 Sugga traces its origin to the PV800 series, which was first launched in 1938. The TP21 was specifically manufactured for use in the military. There were only 720 units of the Volvo TP21 Sugga built. Volvo wanted to maintain the taxicab saloon exterior cues in the military vehicle. The vehicle looks good, especially in the jungle-green color. The car was mainly used by the Swedish military in the '50s. A second-hand Volvo TP21 Sugga costs around $25,000 although they're very rare to come by. The Sugga is a nickname for 'sow' in Swedish, which is normally used to refer to a pig. The car was used by the military because of its amazing off-road capability.
Sources: ranker.com; wikipedia.org