Ever wondered what it’s like to own a piece of military history or take a ride in a vehicle built for more than just cruising down the highway? Believe it or not, there are real military vehicles that have been cleared for civilian use. Here’s a look at 15 of the coolest military rides you can actually own.

BRDM-2

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For $11,500, the BRDM-2 brings a bit of Soviet-era ruggedness to your garage. This amphibious armored scout car not only tackles the roads with its 145 horsepower V8 engine but can also take to the water, hitting speeds up to 62 mph on land and 6.2 mph on water. Its amphibious abilities are backed by a water jet four-blade propeller, powered by the same robust engine. With a winch system and the capability to haul 8,000 lbs, the BRDM-2 is for those who refuse to let any terrain or body of water slow them down.

FV432 Armored Personnel Carrier

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The FV432 Armored Personnel Carrier is the British Army’s go-to for infantry transport since the 60s. Part of the FV430 series, this beast comes with a Rolls-Royce K60 multi-fuel engine pushing out 240 hp. Back in the 80s, the army had about 2,500 of these; now, around 1,500 are still rolling, mainly off the front lines. Priced between $13,000 and $23,000, it’s nearly indestructible. So, unless you’re planning to navigate a minefield, it might be overkill for your daily commute. But for those who get a kick out of driving something that turns heads and raises eyebrows, the FV432 is a dream come true.

Volvo TP21 Sugga

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The Volvo TP21 Sugga is a vintage military ride with a cool factor off the charts. For around $28,000, you’re getting a rugged 4×4 with a 9.3-liter V8 engine that screams power. Only 720 were made, making it a collector’s dream. It’s a piece of military history that’ll turn heads, perfect for those who appreciate vintage military tech with a side of raw power.

Kaiser Jeep M715

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The Kaiser Jeep M715 is an American classic that offers a slice of military history for about $4,500. Inspired by the Jeep Gladiator, it’s rugged, reliable, and has the looks to match. With its significant load capacity and commanding presence, it’s a favorite among enthusiasts. Whether you’re cruising the streets or exploring off-road, the M715 is a testament to American engineering and military heritage.

Renault Sherpa 2

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When the US rolled out the HUMVEE, it had everyone turning heads. France’s answer? The Renault Sherpa 2. This beast isn’t just about looks; it’s about performance. With anti-mine protection, ballistic armor, and IED kits, it’s built to survive. The Euro 5 engine cranks out 215 horsepower, letting it hit speeds of 75 mph. Despite its rigid axles, which might raise an eyebrow for offroad enthusiasts, its design ensures it holds its own in the rough. Since its debut in 2006, the Sherpa 2 has hit the surplus market, making it a solid choice for those weekend adventures in the mud.

GAZ Tiger

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Russia knows how to build them tough. The GAZ Tiger is proof. This 4×4 isn’t just for show; it’s built to haul troops and gear across any terrain. Its flexibility comes from its various versions – from unarmored staff cars to mobile medical units and electronic warfare setups. Powered by a Cummins 5.9 L engine with a JSC 5-speed manual, it’s as reliable as they come. Available widely in Eastern Europe, the GAZ Tiger can be a beast in your garage, armor optional.

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6

The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 is where military meets luxury. Initially designed for the Australian military, it’s a high-end beast on six wheels. With adjustable ground clearance and an internal compressor for tire pressure adjustments, it’s ready for any terrain. While the military versions are still off-limits, the civilian versions are up for grabs for those with deep pockets, offering a unique blend of ruggedness and luxury.

Paramount Marauder

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From South Africa’s Paramount Group, the Marauder is a testament to durability. Designed for recon and peacekeeping, it can haul a crew of ten or up to 13,000 lbs of gear. The double-skinned hull offers protection from small arms fire, and it’s configurable with weapons systems for military use. For civilians, surplus models are available, making it an intriguing pick for those interested in a vehicle with a presence.

Alvis Stalwart

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The Alvis Stalwart might look a bit out there with its amphibious design, but for $6,500 to $20,000, it’s a fascinating piece of military hardware. This cargo vehicle, powered by a Rolls-Royce B81 MK 8B eight-cylinder engine with 220 hp, can reach 40 mph on the road. It’s not just about speed; it’s about going places most vehicles can’t—land or water. Although it never saw combat, the Stalwart shines for anyone with a big piece of land and loves the idea of driving through ponds and rivers just for the fun of it.

Supacat LRV 400

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The Supacat LRV 400 is all about versatility. Designed for high-speed, high-mobility missions, it’s kitted out with weapon mounts (minus the weapons for civilian sales), IR lights, and a self-recovery winch. Its design emphasizes off-road agility, making it a top pick for those seeking adventure with a dash of military flair.

Oshkosh L-ATV

The Oshkosh L-ATV is the next-gen Humvee that takes everything up a notch. With its TAK-4i independent suspension, it glides over rough terrain like it’s nothing. Add in the ProPulse hybrid diesel-electric system, and you’ve got efficiency plus power in one package. Priced at $250,000 for civilians, it’s a slice of modern military tech that’s totally street legal. Tough, agile, and way cooler than its predecessors, the L-ATV is for those who demand the best in performance and innovation.

Volkswagen Iltis

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Priced at $6,000, the Volkswagen Iltis is a testament to German engineering during WWII, embodying resilience and adaptability. Known officially as the Type 183 but affectionately called the Iltis (German for “polecat”), this military vehicle was designed to tackle the most challenging terrains. Its 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine might seem modest with just 75 horsepower, but don’t let that fool you. The Iltis is a beast off the road, ready to take on anything with the same zeal as the explorer Samuel de Champlain. Sure, it might offer a bumpy ride when the weather turns sour, but its potential for customization and sheer durability make it a fascinating piece of history for any enthusiast looking to own a vehicle with a story.

Mercedes Unimog 404S

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For those in Europe, the Mercedes Unimog 404S is an icon. Priced around $11,900, it’s a versatile four-wheel truck that’s made a name for itself both on farms and in the military. Capable of climbing steep inclines without breaking a sweat, it’s a workhorse that’s hard to beat. Though emissions regulations have caused a stir, its utility and capability remain uncontested.

Dodge WC Series

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The Dodge WC Utility Truck was the workhorse of WWII, serving the Allies with unmatched versatility. This rugged truck, available in various configurations like 4×2, 4×4, or 6×6 and ranging from half-ton to one-and-a-half-ton models, tackled everything from command missions to pickups and radio communications. Its inline-six engine powered through until 1951, long after production ended in 1945. Today, for about $7,000, you can grab a piece of history that’s still ready to take on any challenge off the beaten path.

MK10 Chieftain Tank

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Yes, you read that right. For $18,000 to $65,000, you can own an actual MK10 Chieftain Tank. This isn’t a toy; it’s a bona fide tank with armor-piercing capabilities. With its distinctive Stillbrew armor and a 750 hp engine, it’s a piece of military might that’s now available for civilians. It’s an investment in history, power, and the ultimate conversation starter. Whether for collection or just the cool factor, it’s a unique buy.

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