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Why Not? Why Would You Get an Armored Truck?

What better way to start 2022 than with a bang? Roll up in this 2017 Terradyne Gurkha LAPV (Light Armored Patrol Vehicle), powered on a 6.7-liter V-8 Power Stroke Ford F-550 Super Duty in excellent condition, and tell everyone you are looking for a used Ford Super Duty truck.

Make the argument that used trucks are ridiculously expensive, especially those with low mileage (under 16,000!) and declare that this variant is clearly the best. Bang. Your armored truck is on its way. While its presence may be a bit imposing, most people will quickly adjust to the rather rugged looks of this unique Super Duty’s armored body (B4 level rating) and roof-mounted escape hatch.

Matte Granite Grey LAPV from Terradyne Armored Vehicles was designed as an SUV-style private security vehicle with custom windows and lighter weight body panels, making it the ideal civilian armored truck. Obviously, it has a lot of mods, two of the more practical ones being the 80-gallon secondary fuel tank (in addition to the 40-gallon primary tank) and the array of exterior lighting.

Despite its armor, the interior of the armored Terradyne Gurkha is rather luxurious, boasting black and red leather with diamond-quilted detailing and contrast stitching. The custom center console houses a multitude of custom and relocated backlit switches. Those that warn about pushing are the ones we would jab the most. The truck retains a reverse camera and reverse proximity sensors for visibility.

Terradyne’s Gurkha comes with Terradyne’s off-road package, because nothing beats an off-road elephant with DGAF attitude. Fox shocks, a Warn winch, a front differential lock, and an on-board air compressor are among the upgrades. The wheels are internal beadlocks mounted on Michelin 335/80R20 tyres.

It is listed on Collecting Cars, a global online exotic car auction platform founded in October 2018 in the United Kingdom, after which it quickly established teams in Europe, Australia, and the United States. A Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package sold for $1.4 million in August 2021, marking its first seven-figure sale. The company sold a McLaren P1 for $1.6 million in November, a world record for an online-only auction platform. A Gurkha won’t set any records in the world of exotics, but it should make for a pretty pricey 2017 Ford Super Duty.

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