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Ride around in utter confidence with this Terradyne Gurkha LAPV

The ideal vehicle if you have plenty of enemies

The Gurkha is one of Canada's contributions to the motoring industry. PHOTO FROM COLLECTING CARS

There are two approaches when buying armored cars. There is the discreet armored sedan or SUV, and there is the literal tank on four wheels. The Terradyne Gurkha LAPV falls under the latter segment, and one is currently up for auction by Collecting Cars.

This version of the vehicle sadly doesn't have gun ports. PHOTOS FROM COLLECTING CARS

This vehicle is built by Terradyne Armored Vehicles Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in vehicles like these for law enforcement and military purposes. LAPV is an acronym for Light Armored Patrol Vehicle, which makes it easy to guess the Gurkha’s original purpose.

This one, however, is a civilian model. So instead of a simple interior with gun cabinets and ammo boxes, there’s a luxurious cabin that can seat six. It’s slathered in black and red leather (with quilting and contrast stitching), and has heated front seats, an Alpine audio system, a battery charging system, an intercom and external loudspeakers.

Consider yourself very unlucky if you get hit by this vehicle. PHOTOS FROM COLLECTING CARS

This vehicle’s body panels are armored to at least B4 level, which is capable of stopping .44 Magnum rounds at close range. It also has LED lighting all around, cargo tie-downs, steel guards, and a full-size spare tire at the rear. The wheels are 20 inches in size, and all have internal bead locks.

You might notice the Ford instrument binnacle. No, it’s not a case of using OEM parts to save money. Underneath the Gurkha’s body armor is an F-450 Super Duty truck. This means that a lot of the underpinnings and interior bits have been carried over from the base vehicle.

You won't mind the tacky seats or the spartan Super Duty dashboard. PHOTOS FROM COLLECTING CARS

The engine is a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbodiesel mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s no speed demon, but the output of 330hp and 1,017Nm is enough to propel this armored beast to 130km/h. There’s a primary 182L fuel tank and a secondary 364L fuel tank to keep it running for longer.

The Power Stroke V8 will drink diesel like there's no tomorrow. PHOTOS FROM COLLECTING CARS

This vehicle has 25,335km on the odometer. It also has an off-road package which consists of Fox shocks, a heavy-duty winch, a front differential lock, and a high-output air compressor.

The current highest bid? $150,000 (P7.54 million) as of this writing. If you’re interested, you have until Monday (December 13) before the hammer falls on this luxurious beast of an SUV.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.