The ten best post-apocalyptic survival vehicles

We're pulling out the lead-lined suits and Zombie Survival Guide once again to update our classic list. In the event of any number of world-ending disasters, these ten commenter-chosen vehicles should be able to keep you alive after the apocalypse goes down.


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10.) Chevy Blazer

Suggested By: GR1M RACER

Why It's Awesome: The Blazer is so ubiquitous that there's parts all over the place, so when something breaks you shouldn't have that much trouble finding a spare before the zombies get you. It can handle off-roading (which is a pre-requisite from here on out) and its cup holders can take care of the world's last Big Gulp with ease. It's also got room in back to sleep, and looks low-key enough that you won't immediately attract undue attention from the roving gangs of thugs on the Earth's surface.


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9.) Treaded Subaru WRX STi

Suggested By: Spiegelleggera

Why It's Awesome: It's almost unstoppable on its four independent treads, and with a professional driver at the wheel, it'll be able to outrun every zombie out there. It's even got a snowboard rack on the roof that I'm sure with a little work could be converted to gun duty. Those zombies better have their snowshoes on.


8.) Lamborghini LM002

Suggested By: Snapoversteer

Why It's Awesome: Because it's crazy. LM002s usually came from the factory with the same V12 as the Countach up front, but could be ordered instead with a 7.2 liter marine V12 engine which was more commonly found in Class 1 offshore powerboats. What you would then end up with is a zombie-killing, apocalypse-beating, off-road Lamborghini powered by a boat engine. Like I said before, crazy.


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7.) Marauder

Suggested By: TrampaOnline

Why It's Awesome: The Marauder, produced by South Africa's Paramount Group, is nearly unstoppable. It's got room for you and 10 of your closest friends, and can cruise at around 60 miles per hour. It's got armor plating that protects it from mines, and, if need be the radioactive hordes of what's left of civilized humanity. It can even be set up to fire mortar shells from its payload platform, so you don't have to leave the safety of your rolling bunker to defend yourself.


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6.) Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Suggested By: ∞Gîmmî∞Sagaŋ∞ðm∞Drakeŋ∞

Why It's Awesome: Of course, there's always the Unimog. We're thinking an older model, because it'll probably be slightly easer to repair out in the field with paperclips, chewing gum and a bandana. If you can find one with a camper setup a la the MaxiMog, then you're probably better prepared than almost anyone else fighting for survival.


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5.) Toyota Hilux

Suggested By: marimvibe

Why It's Awesome: We can't mention the Unimog without throwing the Hilux a bone too. We know they're virtually indestructible and in diesel trim can probably run on anything. Get one with a snorkel too, because who knows what sorts of obstacles you might come across. And you'll probably want a gun rack on it too. Maybe some extra lights, just to be safe- you know what? Just get the Top Gear-spec Polar Expedition model.


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4.) Local Motors FLYPmode

Suggested By: Cisco-Kid

Why It's Awesome: The FLYPmode's big claim-to-fame is its 360 degree visibility. It's got windows all around the cabin so that any incoming aggressors can be spotted quickly. It's also got a modular design, so it can be outfitted with a number of different seating or cargo configurations. There's even one for medical evac, so you can rescue downed team members and get them back to your secure compound quickly.


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3.) Conquest Vehicles Knight XV

Suggested By: blowbig

Why It's Awesome: The Knight XV is powered by a 6.8 liter diesel V10 that runs on bio-fuel. That means that in theory, you can start brewing your own when supplies run out. It features 14 inches of ground clearance too, so piles of re-dead zombies or barricaded forts are no problem. Conquest Motors can even trim your interior in Andrew Muirhead leather, with seating for six in a conference configuration in the back of the truck. So not only is it a beast of a vehicle, it's luxurious too.


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2.) TC-497 Overland Train Mark II

Suggested By: CobraJoe

Why It's Awesome: Created in the 1960's by the United States Army at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, the Overland Train was intended to transport troops, supplies and equipment on-and-off road over long distances. It was made up of the front control car, up to ten cargo cars, and two power cars. It could be run up to 565 feet long, and was capable of towing 150 tons of cargo. Most astoundingly, it tracked perfectly. Its thirteen cars' tracks looked like those of only two wheels, even around corners. Unfortunately only the control cab remains today, but it could be the basis for an all-new Overland Train in the future.


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1.) Rheinmetall Fuchs

Suggested By: Gargamel

Why It's Awesome: The newest iteration of the Fuchs was rolled out in 2009, and came equipped with a collection of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapon detection equipment. It's available with an automated, remote controlled weapons platform so you can stay inside, and can be outfitted to operate in nearly any climate in the world. It's armored and protected from pretty much anything you can think of throwing at it, and will be the only thing left, along with the cockroaches, after the Big One gets dropped.

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