DUKW – The Duck
The oddly named DUKW is better known as the Duck. It’s a six wheel drive amphibious version of a utility truck. General Motors and Sparkman & Stephens manufactured the Duck from 1942 until 1945 – intended for use by the United States military during the Second World War. And it proved to be versatile in service, able to carry 5,000 lbs of payload through water and over rough terrain. With a top on road speed of 50 mp and just over 6 mph on the water, it can get troops where they need to be, fast. While they’re no longer in production, there are several companies actively restoring these military vehicles for sale to civilians.
Renault Sherpa 2
The US’s HUMVEE sent other Western militaries into a scramble to find an equivalent. They needed an all terrain light vehicle for staff use, reconnaissance, and basic transport. Renault Trucks Defense found an answer for France in the Sherpa 2. In its military configuration, the Sherpa 2 is armored with ballistic armor, anti-mine protection, and IED kits. Additionally, it’s Euro 5 engine produces 215 horsepower, giving it a top speed of around 75 miles per hour. Its rigid axles may seem odd in an offroad vehicle, but the innovative and robust design makes up for this. Produced since 2006, there are plenty of surplus Sherpa 2s on the market for civilian purchase. Pick one up for the perfect offroad vehicle for a weekend in the mud.
Russian engineering has a reputation for toughness and reliability, and the GAZ Tiger is no exception. A 4×4 offroad military vehicle, the GAZ Tiger has a multipurpose design. Its basic mission is to transport troops and equipment both offroad and on, but its many possible variations give it a lot of flexibility. Its unarmored versions are staff cars. There are versions serving as mobile medical bays. Additionally, there are versions with advanced communications and electronic warfare equipment. All are driven by the same Cummins 5.9 L engine and supported by a JSC 5-speed manual transmission. The GAZ Tiger is widely available in Eastern Europe for civilian ownership, both as a surplus vehicle and in unarmored civilian variations from the factory.
Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6
At one time it was the largest and second most expensive street-legal vehicle in the company’s lineup. The Mercedes-Benz G63 is an odd blend of military engineering and high end civilian luxury. Based in part on the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon and designed and produced for the Australian military, the G63 features an advanced automatic transmission that can be adjusted for either on or off road conditions.
The ground clearance is high enough to navigate most obstacles when piloted by a good driver. For off-road use, the G63 has the ability to automatically adjust tire pressure via an internal compressor in order to better adapt to sandy or muddy conditions. However, while the military versions have yet to hit the surplus market, civilian street legal versions abound for those who can afford a Mercedes-Benz price tag. And, in terms of military vehicles for sale go, it has to be one of the most stylish.
South Africa’s Paramount Group is a manufacturer with a long history of making robust military vehicles. The Marauder lives up to that standard—and it’s a great military vehicle for civilians to own. Designed for reconnaissance use as well as UN peacekeeping missions, the Marauder can carry a crew of ten or up to 13,000 lbs of equipment. The unique double-skinned monocoque hull provides protection from most small arms fire, and anti-mine/IED packages are available. In military use, the Marauder can be configured to carry a variety of weapons systems, including machine guns and light missile launchers. While a civilian version has been in production since 2008, surplus military versions are also for sale across southern Africa. It’s one of the coolest military vehicles for sale.
Polaris MV 850
While other manfacturers were attempting to create the next HUMVEE, Polaris went in a different direction creating a military ATV. As far as military vehicles for sale go, the Polaris MV 850 might look like a fun off-roading toy, but don’t let it fool you. This is a military vehicle through and through. The non-pneumatic tires are state of the art and can withstand small arms fire. The lighting is adjustable to work either the bare eye or with night vision equipment. The ballistic armor is cutting edge, and the 850cc engine packs enough punch to haul 600lbs of payload anywhere wheels can carry. While this military vehicle hasn’t gone surplus yet, it’s open to civilian ownership straight from the factory.
Supacat LRV 400
Currently in its second version, the Supacat LRV 400 is a military vehicle in continuous evolution. The LVR stands for “light reconnaissance vehicle” which tell us its intended role in a military environment. The LRV 400’s versatility is apparent in its list of optional features, including remote weapons station, weapon mounts, smoke grenade launchers, IR lights, on board water boiler, Pinnacle compass, canvas roof and side screens, and forward and rear facing IR cameras. While the LRV 400 does come with multiple weapons mounts, it does not ship with the weapons. This means that it is one of several military vehicles for sale in many parts of the world.
With the US military’s fleet of HUMVEEs getting older, the DOD is looking for a potential replacement. The Oshkosh Corporation of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has thrown its hat into the ring with the L-ATV. The name stands for Light Combat All-Terrain Vehicle. Like many vehicle names, this tells us what it’s for. The 6.6 liter Duramax engine and 6 speed Allison transmission can carry this beast anywhere it may need to go. The armor is still classified, but the weapons mounting points are numerous. While this is fully intended as a military vehicle, the unarmored version is available for civilian sale from a select number of dealers around the US.
Military Vehicles For Sale – HUMVEE
Manufactured by AM General, the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle or Humvee as it is often referred to, is a mobile, four-wheel-drive, diesel tactical vehicle and serves at the core of the US Army’s wheeled vehicle fleet. Incredibly modular, the HMMWV has 17 different variations from troop carriers to ambulances to weapons platforms, and can be purchased by the public with relative ease. These tough vehicles were produced in high numbers making them plentiful on the civilian register. Prices vary depending on the variant, condition and year, but a quick internet search located these classic military vehicles for sale for as little as $4,000.
Australian military equipment is often overlooked, however it is consistently high quality and innovative. One of many military vehicles for sale, the Thales Hawkei is a case in point. Billed as a “next generation” protected vehicle, the Hawkei is a 4×4 vehicle with a three tonne payload. Available in two and four door variants, it can carry up to six occupants in standard configuration. And like all good military vehicles, versatility is key: the Hawkei can function as a troop carrier, staff car, command and control vehicle, reconnaissance vehicle, or as an electronic warfare platform. As with many military vehicles for sale to civilians, the military features are restricted. But the vehicle itself is already available for civilian sale in many countries, including the US and Australia.