What Is the Fascination with Armored Trucks?

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?

—jgoods

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7 Comments

  1. So we start the article out by saying that armored cars are designed to hold up against threats in the everyday world that most people will ignore or not be aware of, then end the article by calling the men and women who drive them everyday and face these threats incompetent baffons.

  2. What we know of the armored car is that it’s a GM 1-1/2-ton cab-over engine truck from 1941 to 1947, commonly referred to by GM truck enthusiasts as the Art Deco Era. From our research – and there’s not much solid information out there on Art Deco COEs – we’ve seen that grille with the horizontal bars used mainly on the GMC COEs, but we’ve seen the top-of-the-fender headlamps used mainly on the Chevrolet COEs. It’s certainly possible that whatever coachbuilder added the body aft of the cab mixed and matched front-end pieces as well.

  3. @
    That Chev Caprice used to be the Pontiac G8 its the car Americans cant have according to Bob Lutz. Funny thing is if you buy a Chev in South Africa or the middle east it is the Australian Holden/Chev not a US model.

  4. What happened to the Chevy police cars built in Aussie your law mobs got shown V8 rear drive very fast and excellent handling and with advanced tech features. Is law enforcement too stupid to buy decent cars in the US?

  5. Well, you know they are more sturdy and require no real maintenance. And they look cop-ass mean. You don’t want no pimpish alloy rims on a fuzzmobile, man.

  6. Someday I’d love to see a cop car with some bitchin’ wheels. Why the steel snows all the time?

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