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9 Military Vehicles You Can Actually Get

Not All Battlefield Rides Require An Enlistment Contract

BY Katie KennedyAugust 23, 2019

Do you have the need for speed?

Well, you probably won’t be in a position to buy an F-14A Tomcat like the one Tom Cruise flew in Top Gun any time soon.

But the good news is there are plenty of cool, ground-based military wheels available to the general public. And whether you served yourself or spend your days as a dry-socked cubicle warrior, here’s a list of vehicles with military ties you can deploy right out of your own personal motorpool. Atten-tion!

Dodge WC Utility Truck

Dodge WC Source: Wikimedia Commons

The iconic WC series was a big hit with the U.S. military in the 1940s, with some 77,750 of the half-ton units made under War Department contracts between 1940 and 1942. Versatile and nimble, they went on to successful tours of duty in World War II.

With their efficient size and 4x4 muscle, they were perfect for transporting personnel, weapons, tools, and equipment.

Before you get all caught up in toilet humor, you should know that the letters “WC” actually represent the model code, with “W” signifying the year, and “C” marking its half-ton rating.

And while Fair doesn’t carry the WC specifically—you can get them on the private market for a wide variety of prices that reflect the multitude of conditions you’ll find them in—we do have an impressive variety of four-wheel-drive Dodge trucks available for low monthly payments.

Oshkosh L-ATV

L-ATV 44 Source: Wikimedia Commons

This menace of modern warfare won top honors from the Pentagon in 2015 for delivering a near-perfect trifecta in terms of payload, performance, and protection. It was enough to land a whopping $6.7 billion contract for the Wisconsin-based company that everybody knows mostly for making adorable baby overalls.

Designed in 2011, the L-ATV has a tank-like fortification to shield soldiers from IEDs, while still being light enough for effective mobility.

How good is this Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle? Well, it’s pretty much kicking the iconic Humvee to the curb like yesterday’s trash, for one. And the military brass is so impressed with what they’ve seen so far, the Army is set to receive deliveries of the L-ATV through 2040.

Most importantly, however, you can buy the new base model (yes, it’s still armored!) for a mere $250,000. Just think: You’ll never need that “baby on board” sticker again.

Sherman Tank

1024px-M4A4 Sherman Tank Source: Wikimedia Commons

People who are ready to literally bring out the big guns—and willing to fill up 175-gallon gas tanks—might set their sights on this classic tank with the fully traversing turret. Hailing from the able hands of The Greatest Generation, one of these fully restored beauties went up for sale a few years back for the “whiskey tango foxtrot” price of over half a million dollars.

Named after Civil War Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman, this war machine has a rich combat history. When America found itself outmatched by Germany in the World War II tank game, the U.S. scrambled to get comparable vehicles rolling off the line. And the Stars and Stripes beat out the Reich with a shock-and-awe of sheer numbers, building almost 50,000 Shermans between 1942 and 1946.

The most widely used tank among the Allied forces, it served tours throughout North Africa, Europe and in the Pacific theatre.

Note: individual states could make it tricky to get a license plate for this hulking honey. So before you buy your very own, check your local regulations!

Willys Jeep MB

Willys Jeep MB Source: Pixabay

Ok, so it may not be the biggest war machine on the block. But while this World War II-era Jeep comes in a relatively small package, it definitely packs a punch.

In case you’re wondering how the Jeep got its name, no one really knows for sure. One theory is that it was named after the character “Eugene the Jeep” from a popular Popeye comic strip. Another common explanation is that the letters GP (for “General Purpose”) were slurred into the word “Jeep.”

Either way, these light-utility trucks were built in massive numbers from 1941 to 1945. With impressive off-road finesse, their ability to shuttle soldiers through rough terrain played a major role in driving the Allies to victory. In fact, General George Marshall called them “America’s greatest contribution to modern warfare.”

Of course, this military darling inspired a ton of offshoot vehicles for adventure-seeking city dwellers and suburbanites alike to use in their own off-roading. You can peep Fair’s selection of Wranglers and other Jeeps here.

Volkswagen Iltis

1024px-Iltis arriving Schaffen-Diest 2015 Source: Wikimedia Commons

A Superman of vehicles with a body of pure steel, the Iltis was basically West Germany’s answer to the Jeep, with around 8,800 being built between 1977 and 1981.

In 1983, manufacturing of the 4x4s transferred over to Canada, and the vehicles rolled out for the Canadian Forces until production stopped in 1986.

While the light vehicle’s official name is Type 183, it’s most commonly known as the “Iltis,” which means “polecat” in German. And while that often translates to “skunk” on this side of the pond, that’s actually kind of fitting considering the vehicle’s scent is all over the internet, with a huge swath of them available for purchase in varying states of condition.

John Deere M-Gator A1

Oh, Deere—this isn’t your grandpa’s riding mower! A militarized version of the company’s commercial Gator ATV and “proven load warrior,” this nimble compact is an expert when it comes to supply deliveries and casualty evacuation.

With the U.S. Army adopting the M-Gator in 1997, the vehicles rolled across Bosnia the following year and were later used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can pick up your very own A1 here.

Considering that this versatile Gator is basically an amped-up golf cart, it could be the ideal way to prove your status as boss of the links, as you’d likely be the only member of your foursome rolling up to the green in a vehicle with rifle mounts.

As an added feature, the Gator also comes with cup holders to accommodate all the cans of whoop-ass you’d be opening.

DUKW “Duck” Amphibious Truck

Duck Source: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a riddle: what has six wheels, drives in water, and kicked butt at Normandy?

Give up? Ok, fine, the answer is the section header.

The odd collection of letters in its name is “D” for “Designed in 1942”; “U” for “Utility”; “K” for “All-wheel drive”; and “W” for “2 powered rear axles.” Confused? Well, we’ll also remind you that we drive on parkways and park in driveways.

While a bit of an ugly duckling, the truck’s hull body was actually designed by famed yacht designer Roderick Stephens. The amphibians were developed in 1942, with over 21,000 cranked out over a three-year period. Like a wardrobe that effortlessly transitions from work to play, this six-wheel-drive behemoth moves agilely between land and water. It was most notably used on the beaches on D-Day, but also saw action in the Korean War.

Now retired from the battlefield, you might find this classic quacker used by police and fire departments for water rescues. They’ve even been stars at tourism companies—so get your hands on one if you’re looking for a new side hustle!

VOLVO TP21 Sugga

1024px-Volvo TP21-2 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Mamma Mia! Who knew one of the military vehicles on our list would hail from ABBA country? A unique combination of truck (its chassis) and taxicab (its body), Volvo made just 720 of these limited-production off-roaders from 1953 to 1958, developed specifically for the Swedish Armed Forces.

While a true workhorse, it was its piggish looks that earned it the affectionate nickname “Sugga,” (“soo-ga”) which means “sow,” or mother pig, in Swedish.

And the rugged radio communications vehicle was so effective, it reported for active duty for over three decades.

While Fair may not have the TP21, we do have a brigade of Volvo SUVs and wagons for your own small army—all with affordable monthly payments.

Scud Missile Launcher

Okay, this one sounds a little intense—and we're certainly not normalizing the kind of psychology that would go into actually needing one of these in your driveway. But when you break it down, these Russian-built behemoths are basically just flat trucks that became infamous for launching their titular, short-range ballistics during the first Iraq War.

But if you really want one—minus the missile, of course—you’ll have to work for it. They’re so rare, in fact, that an anonymous buyer nabbed one at an auction a few years back for a jaw-dropping $345,000.

But what you really need to be asking yourself is this: Do you really want a 41-ton Russian truck parked in front of your house?

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