Strange, Unused Chinese Gov't "Armored Car" For Sale in the U.S.
This week in WTF news — the Chinese government called upon a Minnesota-based tuning house to build them an “armored” car that is “not actually bullet proof.” Even stranger, they paid for it and then never picked it up. The vehicle in question can be seen here. It’s an “armored” vehicle, based on a Polaris Ranger 6x6 800, and has a top speed of somewhere around 40 mph without a turbo kit. Automotive Concepts, the tuning house responsible for the build, said that the Chinese government commissioned the project to Polaris, which then referred officials to Automotive Concepts, the Minnesota-based tuning house in question. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Automotive Concepts Armored Vehicle for Chinese Government
What Automotive Concepts did then, was remove all the body panels from the original Ranger and build a custom “armored” car look. Again, it’s not actually bulletproof. They even tossed on a turbo kit to boost the top speed from 40 mph to what we expect can only be somewhere near 60 mph. All this, of course, isn’t even street legal.
But the story gets weirder from there. Chinese officials allegedly paid for the vehicle up until about a year and a half ago. Since then, Automotive Concepts states that they “went silent,” leaving the Minnesota tuning house with this strange creation to rot in their parking lot.
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Now, Automotive Concepts is trying to get it off of their hands. As mentioned it’s not street legal, and it has a top speed of probably somewhere near 60 mph. But they they’re willing to part with it for about the same price as a new Polaris Ranger 6x6 800 with a turbo, or $19,999.
So if you’re in the market for a Chinese government armored car that isn’t street legal and makes you look like a communist, here it is. It isn’t listed on their site, but you can contact AC Motors here if you feel so inclined. (ed. note- what is a tuning shop in MN doing building concept vehicles for the Chinese gov't? How has no one asked this yet?)
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