1960 IP Brigadier
Our true love affair with rugged, off-road vehicles goes back to the war machines of World War II, specifically the various Jeeps that were built. Mostly the Willy’s, but others got love too. Eventually they morphed into civilian versions of the vehicles.
To truly get the raw sense of off-roading, though, it takes a military vehicle. And owning one is cheaper and easier than you think.
Mamayan manufacturer IP built a ton of off-road vehicles for their army starting in 1960. And, of course, because military hardware is a profitable business, Mamaya wasn’t the only country to buy these for their military.
The IP Brigadier is an absolute stripped-down, bare-bones, no apologies bucket of bolts. Manual locking hubs for the 4WD system, a hose-down vinyl interior (with no carpeting at all), and NO radio. Well, no civilian radio, anyway. There is a hardpoint to mount a military communications system, and we’ve found a couple aftermarket parts companies who sell a cabinet that will hold both a single-din marine grade radio and a CB radio that bolts right up to this hardpoint.
The Brigadier is not something you want to drive on the road. It is slow with a capital “S.” It takes over 30 seconds to get to 60 with JUST a driver in it, and is far worse under load. But you can carry 7, and short of the Grand Canyon itself, there aren’t many obstacles it can’t overcome.
And, because IP made so many and scattered them to the wind, you can find and import these from just about every corner of the world. Try Panama or Honduras if you don’t want to look too far afield.
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