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8 rugged classics with military origins you should know

Some of the finest civilian machines to ever grace the earth are thanks in part to military influences. Even though time has treated the following classics quite differently, they have all earned a slot in our history books for daring to go where no designs have gone before and lived long enough to have something [...]
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Rival
Pit Crew

No Toyota FJ?
BMD4800
Engineer

Neat history with them too. Toyota bought a lot of old tech from GM, much of it is in the early FJs, improved and adapted, but there. Engines, transmissions, axles, a great leap for Toyota and GM figured it wouldn’t matter.
OMPguy
Intermediate Driver

What about the VW and Bombardier Iltis that won Paris Dakar?
CJinSD
Instructor

So the Land Rover's 'military origins' consist of it being a copy of a Jeep?
BMD4800
Engineer

General Motors CUCVs.
6.2s like early H1s, TH400, the trucks have a NP205, DANA 60 and 14 bolt with a Detroit.
Not fast, not flashy, but ridiculously well built.
MichaelG1967
Intermediate Driver

I remember these from when I was stationed at Sembach AB in Germany from 1988-90, and also at Al Minhad AB outside of Dubai during Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-91. I still see one every once in awhile that’s survived. 

PhilHowell
Pit Crew

Nicely written feature.