Although Volvo is not famous for military production, in 1953 they introduced the TP21. It is an off-road army vehicle powered by a 3.6-liter, 90 HP strong straight-six engine. Volvo produced around 7,000 of them until 1958. Some were pure military models in a drab green color, while some were civilian or ambulance versions they intended for use on rough terrain.
The main amphibious vehicle of Allied Armies in the Second World War was the “Duck.” This was basically a truck with an open bed, waterproof floor and a propeller on the back. And it had the ability to carry personnel and cargo over large bodies of water.
Produced from 1942 to 1945 for use in Normandy, surprising numbers of those vehicles are still around. They are not budget-friendly, but you can use them for just about anything, from tourist tours to ferrying people across rivers.
Even though this isn’t a classic off-road vehicle you may expect from the military, it is still an interesting 6×6 truck and usable workhorse. It has a 6×6 drivetrain that can cope with the roughest terrains. Also, it can carry two people and up to 1.5 tons of cargo.
Best of all, it is fully amphibious, so you can travel over water. This vehicle can turn on a dime since it can bloc three of six wheels and make almost a 90-degree turn. The newer one costs about $60,000, but you can find an older one for as little as $15,000.
The Polaris Company is famous for its ATV-style vehicles and off-road models. However, in the last several years, the U.S. Army has shown an interest in a special ATV they designed especially for Special Forces. And it is high maneuverability on rough terrain, so Polaris responded with the MV850, a special, extremely capable ATV.
There are several interesting features of the MV850. First, it can carry up to 600 pounds and tow a small trailer if necessary. Second, it doesn’t have regular tires, but special tire-like covers that are far better on rough terrain as well as both bullet and puncture-proof.
Although civilians cannot own or operate true military vehicles, there are several tank collectors who found loopholes in their local traffic laws, managing to put license plates on their tanks. Of course, nobody can own the latest and state of the art tanks, but you can buy old tanks that don’t have working guns.
One of the most common tanks from WWII is the Sherman M4 Tank they produced in almost 50,000 examples for use by numerous armies all over the world. And a surprisingly large number of those still survive. Most are even functional, so drivers can take them out on the street. However, most owners ask over $500,000 for the roadworthy models.
These are the top 20 military vehicles you can own as a civilian. Which one do you want in your garage? You’ll definitely be the talk of the town if you own one of these vehicles.