If this Covid-ravaged reality we now live in has got you thinking about what you might do for transport if things were to suddenly go apocalypse-level bad, then there is a vehicle up for auction in Canada that is just the thing.
Specialist automotive marketplace Collecting Cars currently has a civilian example of the mighty Terradyne Gurkha LAPV (Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle) boasts everything you would need to tackle the apocalypse head-on, including a minimum B4 armour level rating, two fuel tanks, a heavyweight winch and a roof-mounted escape hatch. No machine guns though, this is the civilian version, remember.
The Terradyne Gurkha is based on the chassis of a Ford Super Duty F450 (of course it is) and was intended primarily for law enforcement use, though this example was specified as a “private security model” with customised lighter weight body panels and custom windows.
However, despite its rugged exterior, the interior is smartly trimmed in leather and Alcantara, and equipped with a raft of comfort and convenience mod cons.
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Featuring a 243kW 6.7-litre V8 with just 25,335km on the odometer, Collecting Cars says the Gurkha “remains in excellent condition throughout and is complimented by a long list of optional equipment” which includes six passenger seating, a full LED exterior lighting kit, a centre console with backlit switches and map light, rear cargo tie downs, front mud flaps, a six-ton jack, insulated walls, steel guards over the headlights and taillights, and a full size spare wheel mounted at the rear.
Also equipped is a primary 180 litre fuel tank, a further armour upgrade, heated front seats, a heated windscreen, an upgraded Alpine audio system, battery charge system with auto-eject, an exterior and interior intercom, custom 360 litre secondary fuel tank with auto transfer flow pump and military window trim on all of the glass.
Finished in Matte Granite Grey, this Gurkha has been specified with Terradyne’s off-road package, which includes Fox shocks, a Warn16.5ti winch with 7500kg pull capacity and 27 metres of wire rope, closed system winching components from Factor 55, front differential lock and an on-board high-output air compressor.
Fitted as standard equipment on all Gurkha Civilian Edition builds, the 20-inch wheels have internal bead locks to safely allow for lower tyre pressures to help increase traction. Other standard features include remote power door locks, a reverse camera and rear proximity sensors.
“This Terradyne Gurkha has an unusual blend of bulletproof armour and a luxuriously trimmed cabin, and is another great representation of the variety of vehicles on Collecting Cars from around the world,” said Edward Lovett, founder of Collecting Cars.
“Consigned by our team in Canada, this is a fun, capable and attention-grabbing 4×4 with bragging rights comparable to any hypercar on the market today.”
As of the time of writing the Gurka is sitting on a relatively modest US$25,250 with six days left to run on the auction, so you still have time to nab yourself the ultimate post-apocalypse cruiser for Christmas.