Well, I should say my fascination. Maybe it’s the gun ports: You imagine guys firing automatic weapons out these ports behind the bulletproof glass, under siege by a gang of crazed thugs. On the other hand, the drivers and guards always look sort of like Keystone Cops, so you can’t get too invested in their behalf.
There are quite a few companies making armored trucks and cars, and we have reported on one or two before. Their websites reveal a lot about the philosophy behind these vehicles as well as their construction. Inkas of Toronto makes the full range, from personal to special purpose, custom vehicles. Like most of these companies, Inkas recognizes a threat level in the world that many of us simply doubt or ignore.
The Armored Group has something for everybody, worldwide. They will “armor any chassis of your choice,” including luxury cars,
from International Navistar, Ford, General Motors (both GMC and Chevrolet), Mack, Volvo, Sprinter/Mercedes, Sprinter van, Ford E350 vans, and GM vans.
And TAC of Texas will build your very own SWAT truck (right).
Yes, Martha, there is undoubtedly a need for these things. Last month, someone shot a truck guard during a robbery at a Kroger store in Houston. A Brinks truck was assaulted in Philadelphia, and in the resulting gunfire, the robber made off with $25 in small coins.
But you will be glad to learn that the law, if not always armored, will soon have the new Taurus Police Interceptor to chase them down. This hot pursuit fuzzmobile will replace the aged Crown Victoria, in which I’m sure many of you have ridden.
And for your complete weekend edification, you can explore, courtesy of Armored Security & Investigations, Inc., their Relative Guide to Bullet-Resisting Threat Levels. Always good information to have on hand.
Brinks and Dunbar aren’t the only game in town for transporting cash. Do you know of other firms in your area doing this?