The military has a long history of producing powerful, unique, and downright awesome vehicles that far exceed the capabilities of our civilian Fords and Chevys. Some of the vehicles currently and formerly used by the military are available to you, and many of them are relatively inexpensive.
In this list, we take a look at not only the coolest military vehicles built for American forces that you can actually buy, but also some built for military forces abroad. The countdown includes iconic vehicles you’ll probably recognize as well as others that you may have never seen before.
So start your engines and get ready for combat as we show you 17 vehicles you can legally own that are sure to make you the center of attention on the road.
Let’s get started…
All Hummer civilian vehicles are based on the design of the original military Humvee. The first Humvees were built without body armor, as they were mainly used for transport behind enemy lines, but upgrades were later made so they could withstand small arms fire. One of the key differences between the military and civilian version of the Humvee is that the military version is water-tight and can be fitted with a snorkel so it can actually drive fully submerged.
There have been over 280,000 Humvees built, making them the most widely used military vehicles since the 1980s. Due to the large amount of Humvees being phased out by the military, it is relatively easy to buy one, though you will have to jump through some hoops to get it registered. Humvees are currently being auctioned off by the government with bids starting between $4,000 and $35,000.