Now’s your chance to get a military surplus truck straight from good old Uncle Sam himself.
The United States is the biggest military spender in the world, spending $686 billion for 2019 alone (although the true number might turn out to be much higher). Some of that cash is being spent on new wheels for the various military branches, and when the old stuff gets replaced it goes on sale so that the government can recoup some of their losses.
GovPlanet, the military surplus sale website that should be bookmarked on everyone’s browser, has just announced they’ll be selling off a batch of old ITV "Growler” utility vehicles and MTVR cargo trucks to anyone who wants to buy one starting this March. Which is only a few days away, so y’all better start readying your wallets.
First on the auction block is the M1161 Internally Transportable Light Strike Vehicle (ITV) "Growler", a Jeep-like utility vehicle that was designed specifically to be transported inside the V-22 Osprey VTOL aircraft. In much the same way civilians use a Jeep, the Growler is just a set of wheels to get you from point A to point B regardless of whatever terrain is in the way.
Under the hood is a Navistar 2.8-liter diesel engine with 132 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 85 mph on roads and 65 mph on open terrain. Power is routed through a 4-speed automatic transmission with 4WD and a 2-speed manual transfer case. An air ride gas suspension system is adjustable on the fly thanks to a control fitted to the center dash panel.
Each one of these bad boys cost roughly $200,000 when they were new, but you’ll be able to catch them gently used by sweaty soldiers for a steal.
Next up is the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement 7 Ton (MTVR) cargo truck. As the name implies, it’s mostly just a big truck, but it does have 6 wheels instead of 4. A Cat C12 diesel provides 425 hp and a whopping 1,550 lb-ft of torque for a maximum payload of 7 tons--hence the name.
We’re pretty sure that’s big enough to need a commercial truck license if you wanted to drive it on civilian roads.
According to Military.com (via Jalopnik), both these vehicles are coming from the US Navy and Marine Corps, which presumably have some replacements coming in down the pipe. Also, they likely aren't armed with machine guns and mortars, so if that's what you're looking for, you're better off going to Walmart.