Hooniverse Asks- What's The Coolest Tired Military Vehicle?

You know with all the unrest in the Middle East, protesters being forced back by military riot suppression forces, and cities lain siege by tanks and troop carriers, the first thing that comes to mind for me is wow, that’s some cool hardware. What with all the Jeeps and Humvees, armored troop carriers and six-axle mobile guns, some people don’t join the army so they can visit foreign lands, meet interesting people, and kill them, they do so for all the toys that are bought on our dime.
This week we’ve been all about public service, what with Monday’s President’s Day question regarding Lincolns, then a couple about cop conveyances, and so we might as well keep the dream alive today by asking you which is your favorite military vehicle. Of course, this being the Hoon, we’ll limit the selection to those that have tires on at least one of their axles, although it doesn’t matter how big those tires are.
You might pick something from the newest branch of the military – the Air Force, as even a Raptor has rubber, and there’s no denying that plane’s coolness factor, but really that’s kind of cheating. So, keeping your feet on the ground, what do you think is the coolest Military Vehicle?
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51 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What's The Coolest Tired Military Vehicle?”

  1. skitter Avatar

    HEMTT PLS: Ground level loading, go anywhere capability.
    And anything articulated is ridiculously fun to drive.
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/LAND_FHTV_HEMTT-A3_w_PLS_Loading_lg.jpg&quot; width="500">

  2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Wow, so many directions to go on this this. The Scammell Pioneer and M715 are favorites, but in the end they're just trucks. We need armor. I've always preferred smaller 4-wheeled armored scout cars to bigger 6 and 8 wheeled APCs. The first one to come to mind is the Ferret, because I spent forever playing with the Matchbox version growing up. My jingoism makes me lean toward the Cadillac Gage Commando, but it's a bit too big. Then I thought FAV, but no armor, which makes you a badass, but cuts down on your engagement options. I also briefly considered the Aussie/American S1 from WWII, and the Canadian C15TA, but both of them have no top armor, which lets a well-chucked grenade ruin your day.
    Then I got thinking French, because it's the Hooniverse, after all. The AML90 has a turret gun totally too big for its chassis, which is cool, but in the end I'm going to go with the Panhard VBL. It makes me think a WWI Renault FT-17 had its way with an Isuzu Vehicross.
    <img src="http://www.warwheels.net/images/panhardvblsaumurTROW3.jpg&quot; width="500">

  3. Jim-Bob Avatar

    I have always had a thing for the Kaiser M715 so I guess I will answer with that. However, if I was given the choice I would probably prefer the South Korean variant of it- the Kia KM45. It has a more robust diesel engine and a few improvements to durability that the original lacks. While the Kaiser Tornado 230 may have been a good engine in the IKA Torino, I tend not to want it in a big truck.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/M715_Jeep.jpg/250px-M715_Jeep.jpg"&gt;

  4. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Egyptian armored, turretted G-wagen, anybody?
    <img src="http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQJoyyRuC6Onx6lM89F276WPHeRwscCq4JNCxCMK9R7tvXJUKIk8g&t=1"&gt;

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    The M-65.
    <img src="http://s.b5z.net/i/u/10093866/i/AC4.jpg"&gt;
    1) Two linked but independently operated trucks offer the utmost in hoonability.
    2) It's a freakin' ATOMIC CANNON.

  6. Alff Avatar

    Since the Kettenkrad is already in, I'm going old school. My son and I built one of these in the backyard and had a blast launching produce 100 yards.
    <img src="http://extremejelly.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/1031101652.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      Great minds, or something like that.

  7. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

    Coolest? Many of those look like they get very hot inside.
    I'll go with the original. Ford GPW.
    <img src="http://www.therangerstation.com/resources/4wd_history/ford-gpw.jpg&quot; width="500">

  8. Black Steelies Avatar

    This just popped up on BaT. Vespa TAP. And yes, that would be a rocket launcher.
    <img src="http://bringatrailer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/VespaTAPFront580.jpg"&gt;

  9. Jim-Bob Avatar

    How about a Trabant Kubel? Yes, the Communist East Germans really did make a military variant of the Trabant! I love Trabants but the thought of being under fire in a vehicle made out of Duroplast just doesn't make me feel safe…
    <img src="http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l4h50f8lIF1qb815co1_500.jpg"&gt;

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      You're living in East Germany. Your life is disposable.

  10. Black Steelies Avatar

    The Sugga because it's the prettiest military machine out there.
    <img src="http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/photos-cars4/79.jpg"&gt;

  11. Black Steelies Avatar

    The Sugga because it's the prettiest military machine out there.
    <img src="http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/photos-cars4/79.jpg"&gt;

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      It's a little late for deer season.

    2. SSurfer321 Avatar

      The camo looks great but who drives their Ford GT in the snow!?

      1. $kaycog Avatar

        I certainly wouldn't, if I had one; but then I wouldn't put vinyl wrap on a Ford GT either.

      2. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

        but see, that's where you'd least expect it to be!!

  12. P161911 Avatar

    The JCB HMEE a tractor that will has a fully active suspension and will do 50+mph over just about any terrain.[youtube aYYYXayhxHE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYYYXayhxHE youtube]

    1. Black Steelies Avatar

      The ultimate in tactical agriculture.

  13. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    After initial confusion about the context of the word "tired", and then realising that vehicles with tyres procluded hovercraft, I'm a have to go with this:-
    <img src="http://www.milweb.net/features/mv/dukw.jpg&quot; width="350">
    I'm not going to argue about why it's cool, it just is. I think you all know that.

    1. mad_science Avatar

      I have wakeboarded behind one of those.
      …the Pastor who married my wife and I has one.

      1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

        Yes Tim. You're cool, we know….
        Hang on, when you say "wakeboarded behind", do you actually mean "floated on a wakeboard while being pulled along by"? I thought we were talking, like, 6 knots max?

        1. Tim Odell Avatar
          Tim Odell

          Yep, but more like 8.
          I was 14 and weighed about 115lbs at the time, so it didn't take much to keep me afloat.

      2. Feds_II Avatar

        You and your wife married a pastor? Giggity.

        1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

          Hey, America. Land of the free.

    2. Tomsk Avatar


  14. tonyola Avatar

    It doesn't get cooler than this, but I would strongly recommend removing the pennant.
    <img src="http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/dic/pix/schwimmwagen.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Or just go with a Ford GPA instead.
      <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3451/3802034748_3038103c67.jpg&quot; width="400">

  15. ptschett Avatar

    It's a diesel KLR650, what's not to love?
    <img src="http://www.hdtusa.com/assets/images/m2-hero.png&quot; width="500"/>

  16. Beer_Rover Avatar

    I've always wanted a Daimler Ferret Scout Car of my own.
    <img src="http://parrotheadjeff.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ferrett.jpg"/&gt;
    They're armored, they're powered by a Rolls Royce B60 straight six, they have a preselector gearbox, and they're small enough to Fit in a normal-sized parking space. Oh, and they are cool looking as hell.

    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      Couldn't agree more. I'd love one that looked as militaristic as possible externally, but was fitted out with every concievable luxury on the inside.

  17. Dave Avatar

    Of the posts so far, I have to agree with the Beer_Rover. Sweeettt!

  18. CptSevere Avatar

    The WWII White M3 scout car, one of my favorite military vehicles. Basically a half-track with wheels in back instead of tracks. Powered by a Hercules 320 cubic inch flathead six.
    <img src="http://image61.webshots.com/161/9/34/85/514293485PYRiLV_fs.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      I was thinking of this one the entire time I spent reading this post. Excellent!!

    2. HTWHLS Avatar

      "We've got one heavily-armed recreational vehicle here…!"

  19. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    Deuce and a Halfs are cool even WITHOUT tires.
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2009/2275020575_ccb1e9221c.jpg"/&gt;

  20. Chad Avatar

    I'm about as red-blooded American as they come, but I loves me some MAZ-7907 http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2010/01/05/tow
    12 axles – all driving.

  21. SSurfer321 Avatar

    SISO 10 x10 Mobile Bridge
    <img src="http://www.tachoblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sisu6.jpg"&gt;
    *img from TachBlog.com

  22. Feds_II Avatar

    This took me a while to post, because I wasn't sure if they were a military organization or a militia/paramilitary unit. My research shows that they were officially supported by the Peaceful Nations Alliance, therefore I am able to present this as the greatest wheeled tired military vehicle of all time:
    <img src="http://www.albertpenello.com/mask/rhino.jpg&quot; width=500>

  23. longrooffan Avatar

    This olelongrooffan is going to have to go with the ultra rare Jeep FC Van…..
    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Cvx57DQ5N6E/TWgoNB76Y2I/AAAAAAAAO5k/2qHZmGJWPfc/s1600/ultimatelongroof.jpg"end&gt;

  24. VolvoNut Avatar

    I've always liked the BTR-60, kinda like the Volkswagon of APC's.

    1. texlenin Avatar

      Only if it's the Czech diesel version.
      I'll see your BTR-60, and raise ya an Alvis Stewart & Saracen!
      And a Tatra 815 Crew-cab with Bow-top bed & Dakar Performance

  25. RetroBox Avatar

    It should be "What's the coolest WHEELED military vehicle"!!!! Don't you guys have an editor? How did I miss this last year? *sigh* anyway the answer is obviously Stryker, followed later in the war by the beloved MRAP. Any other answer is by someone that hasn't been in the army/marines. Those two trucks rock, they've saved literally hundreds of lives versus the garbage HMMWV and such.

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