The next time the French army rolls into battle, they’ll be riding on four wheels of American muscle. Recently, the French Army purchased 1,000 Ford Rangers to replace their Peugeot P4s. The vehicle will be used as off-road patrol vehicles, but that didn’t stop us from thinking: What Ford vehicles would be best suited for the battle field?
Here are our top 5 war ready Fords.
- Mutts Cutt Grooming Van/1984 Ford Ecoline/Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Hold off before hating on this famous furry wrecking machine. Yeah, yeah, it breaks down halfway through the movie and the handling and suspension isn’t the best, but the Mutts Cutt Van stole the show for the time it was on screen. Imagine you’re on the battlefield when a convoy of shaggy dog-shaped vans steam towards you. The perplexity of the situation would kill you alone. Add in a loudspeaker blaring Lloyd Christmas’ most annoying sound in the world and you got yourself the world’s deadliest weapon.
- Striped Tomato/1975 Ford Gran Torino/Starsky and Hutch (1975)
Starsky and Hutch put the Gran Torino on the map. Affectionately known as the “Striped Tomato” for its bright red paint job and white vector stripes, the Gran Torino helped the two detectives catch baddies all over Bay City. Its toughness and ability to turn on a dime would be exceptional for any super detective. Any armies looking to buy a fleet of Striped Tomatos should expect to pay big though. One of these bad boys sold for $40,000 last year.
- Tour Vehicles/ 1993 Ford Explorer XLT/Jurassic Park (1993)
Hold onto your butts! This dino-inspired ride would be a handful on the battlefield. Although they didn’t hold their own against the tyrannosaurus rex, they would probably have a better chance on the war grounds. Built in GPS, drinking taps, and stock with night-vision goggles – not too shabby for a vehicle in the Jurassic period.
- The Pursuit Special/ 1974 Ford Falcon/ Mad Max (1979)
Now we’re really getting into the heavy hitters. The Pursuit Special featured in Mad Max 1,2 and 4 was a bad, bad car. In a good way. This modified 1972 Ford Falcon had a slick black paint job, and a huge supercharger jamming out of the hood. Besides looking totally badass, the vehicle seemed to be indestructible , until it finally crashed and burned in Mad Max 2. It wasn’t away for long though, coming back in Mad Max 4 to continue kicking ass.
- Batmobile/ 1955 Ford Lincoln Futura/ Batman (1966)
There may be no more iconic vehicle than the Batmobile, and the original one from the 1960s TV series may be the most memorable. After painting it black and slapping the Batman logo on it, it was surely a force to be reckoned with. Equipped with a long list of weapons and accessories including: a Bat-ray, Bat-Beam, Bat-Smoke Screen, Bat-tering ram, Bat-photoscope, and an emergency tire inflator, this vehicle was definitely war ready.