Have you ever said to yourself, “Boy, I wish I owned a fleet of military-grade vehicles"? Well, lucky for you, the ol’ US-of-A is flush with retired military vehicles—and it’s selling them to the general public! You might think a 1986 AM General M923A1 will look a little odd cruising down the street next to a Toyota Camry, but our motto is “waste not, want not.”
We combed through auction listings around the country. (Note that we can only look at, but not buy, 1033 Program vehicles, which are only offered to certain law enforcement agencies because they’re often heavily armored combat-prepped for prime time.) But there are tons—literally, tons—of cool support vehicles waiting to find new homes. Our seven recommendations:
My, how time flies. The AM General Humvee entered service way back in 1984, the year after Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released. Now that the Department of Defense is trying to replace this old warhorse, there are plenty just waiting to be picked up by serious off-roaders and urban alpha males. Equipped with a 6.5L diesel engine with 185 hp and 330lb-ft, 16 inches of ground clearance, and impossibly sharp approach angles, it’s fair to say that this thing can go anywhere.
Auction price: $6,000
Forget the expensive trailer for your track car—just get a decent ramp and toss it in the back of a retired BMY M923A2 5-Ton 6×6 van truck. These puppies were powered by 8.3-Liter Cummins inline-six engines that cranked out 240 hp and 685 lb-ft of torque. With numbers like that—and the ability to hold a payload of 10,000 lbs—these military warriors are capable of bringing your track-day special or off-roader wherever your heart desires. If you’re really trying to be adventurous, just convert the long wheelbase version into an off-road mobile home. But quite possibly the most impressive part of this truck is the price tag.
Auction price: $4,000
Car enthusiasts have a weird obsession with tractor trailers. Whether it’s the astronomical number of gears, impressive towing capacity, or mine-trumps-yours size, the desire to drive one is always there. Well, the time has come; although this truck comes equipped with a seven-speed automatic Allison transmission, you’ll quickly overlook that detail due to the scant 2,674 miles on the odometer—and the 12.7L Detroit Diesel engine.
Auction price: $18,000
Holy off-road campers, Batman! People spend north of $500,000 on luxury off-road campers from bespoke builders that use artisanal woods and humanely treated leathers. Rather than setting a pile of cash on fire, consider spending $13,000 on a diesel off-roader like this one. Hell, you can even spend $20,000 on upgrades and still spend $467,000 less than that rich dude down the block.
Auction price: $13,000
Nothing screams ‘Murica more than an olive-drab, 1980s diesel Blazer. It’s loud, it’s boxy, it’s inefficient, and it’s inarguably glorious. The 6.2L diesel V-8 was built to last, and will happily guide you through years of shenanigans. Still, with 160 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque, you aren’t going to win any races.
Auction price: $800
When we were six (or 26), we glued our faces to the window when they passed. Now, you can own one. Yes, I’m talking about a fire truck. Thanks to the auction site Gov Planet, you can own a fire truck equipped with working water cannons. Sure, the truck may be a little large, and a lot impractical, but no one can argue with the fact that you are the proud owner of a fire truck.
Auction price: $4,000
Unfortunately, the coveted Suburban 2500 was not available to the general public while in production. New models were restricted to government agencies and certain municipal services. But you can often find these gems gracing auction sites or used car lots around the country. Rather than using the 5.3L V-8 you find in the Suburban, these beefed-up SUVs use a 6.0L V-8 good for 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque. Although those are approximately the power outputs of the current Suburban, the heavy-duty alternator and enhanced suspension means a truck like this one will outlast its little brother.
Auction price: $5,000
from The Drive – Vintage http://www.thedrive.com/vintage/6804/7-used-military-vehicles-you-can-buy