Forget Dodge Hellcats, How About a Buick Hellcat Tank?
The Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats have been big news since they were first introduced last year. They might be stealing the headlines today, but it wasn't the fist badass vehicle to boast the "Hellcat" moniker. Buick beat them to the punch with the M18 Hellcat tank. Technically, the Buick M18 Hellcat is a tank destroyer, so calling it simply a tank isn't correct if you're a purist. Should you choose to park this in your driveway, people are still going to refer to you as the crazy loon who bought a tank. Its purpose was to gun down German tanks, so it was designed to be speedy and very tough. RELATED: Whispering Death: The Story of the M1 Abrams Tank
According to AutoEvolution, it has a 400-horsepower radial engine that was originally designed for aircraft and gave the Hellcat plenty of speed, despite its 39,000 pound bulk. It could hit about 55 mph and was the speediest thing around, until the M1 Abrams showed up years later.
The production run on the Hellcat was 2,500 units. Even with its small numbers, the M18 Hellcat had the best kill-to-loss ratio of all tanks and tank destroyers deployed by the US in WWII. Sounds pretty cool, right? The best part is that you can buy a 1943 Buick M18 Hellcat right now for about $250,000. It's a small price to pay to be ready for Armageddon.
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