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Right everyone, let’s get into it. We’ve all seen the Apocalypse movies and here’s what we know:

  • If you aren’t already dead, lots and lots of people are so there will be no power and no easy to obtain food or water
  • It appears you can out run most trouble be it Zombies or people in a working vehicle of some type
  • If people aren’t dead or a turned into a Zombie they will probably want what you have and try and kill you for it.
  • You’ll need weapons, skills and equipment

There may come a time in your post apocalypse survival career where you have zip down to the “local” and pick up some supplies. Sadly, your Toyota Camry just isn’t going to cut the mustard, to really survive and let everyone else see that you’re not to be messed with you need a vehicle with presence, something shall we say, serious.

Let’s take a look at my list of cars that will have the best chance of surviving a in a post apocalypse environment.

DAF TwinTurbo Dakar Rally Truck

DAF-3600 Turbo Twin II

What: A quirky Dutch brand, DAF used one of these crazy trucks to win the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1987.

Why it’s good for an apocalypse: This monster rig is a semi-truck filled with spare tires, navigation equipment and an 11.6-liter turbo-diesel engine for each axle. These DAF things were so powerful  that they overtook most cars during the race and easily won the truck class. This is clearly a smart decision for anyone needing to push past wreckage, Zombies or would be assailants on the way to the shops. Alternatively you could say, run from a nuclear explosion.

Unimog

Angry Unimo, move!

What: Unimog is a range of multi-purpose auto four wheel drive medium trucks produced by Mercedes-Benz.

Why it’s good for an apocalypse: With massive ground clearance, huge amount of room for well, anything and intimidating presence it’s a solid choice for your post apocalypse run about. Ok, so it’s not great on the fuel, but, you’ll be able to run over a few Zombies on the way to the fuel station. This thing is so awesome that Lego even have a model you can play with until your order for the real thing comes through.

ATF DINGO

Dingo outside of Mazar-e-Sharif

What: The ATF Dingo is a German heavily armored military infantry mobility vehicle based on a Unimog chassis with a V-hull design, produced by the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

Why it’s good for an apocalypse: It is designed to withstand land mines, rifle fire, artillery fragments and and it’s not one bit concerned about the upcoming apocalypse. Option it up with fully remote-controlled weapons stations and it will impress your neighbours (if they are still alive) or create impressions after you’ve torn through what ever is in your way.

Stryker

The Stryker

What:  The IAV Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled, 4-wheel-drive (8×4), armored fighting vehicles derived from the Canadian LAV III and produced by General Dynamics Land Systems.

Why it’s good for an apocalypse:  Are you kidding me, look at it. The Stryker’s hull is constructed from high-hardness steel which offers a level of protection against pretty much everything. So options yours up with a Remote Weapon Station .50-cal M2 machine gun, 7.62 mm M240 machine gun, or Mk-19 automatic grenade launcher and get ready to rain down some hurt on what ever tried to take your food.

Marauder

Camo Marauder? Really, don’t worry about Camo people will see it

What:  The Marauder is an armoured, mine-protected vehicle that is produced by the Paramount Group in South Africa.

Why it’s good for an apocalypse:  Originally designed to operate in urban, built-up and confined areas it can be configured into 4×4 or a 6×6. The Marauder has a cruising speed of around 100–120 km/h (62–75 mph), and a maximum range of 700 kilometres (430 mi). So it can cause death and destruction at high speed. With the ability to fit various weapons systems including including light and medium-calibre machine guns, cannon weapon installations this truly is a mobile killing machine!

Conquest Knight XV

Knight XV

What:  The Knight XV is an armored, hand built, SUV by Conquest Vehicles.

Why it’s good for an apocalypse:  Who says life after a apocalypse needs to be struggle. If you’re going to be stuck in post apocalyptic wasteland why not treat yourself. The Conquest comes with high-level security and things like built-in oxygen survival kit, under vehicle magnetic attachment detection system and multiple armour levels. You can also choose your interior features including luxury carpeting, leather, custom flat screen television and a TracVision satellite system. Why not add a Playstation 3 or Xbox for personal digital entertainment.

 

So forget the Camry, get one of these babies and you’ll never worry about trying to get a car park again. Sure they might be a little hard to get a hold of, but hey if you want protection you know what to do.

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