More than six figures for this six-wheel drive combat machine sets a big precedent for ex-military vehicles.
A rare Australian six-wheel drive ex-army vehicle – specialised for long-range warfare – has recently sold at auction for over $110,000.
While auction house Pickles and Australian Frontline Machinery do not disclose the final sale amount of their ex-military vehicles, Drive understands that the auction price is approximately $113,000.
When the Pickles processing fee is included, this long-range patrol vehicle would have cost approximately $115,000 for the lucky buyer.
The vehicle itself is known as Long Range Patrol Vehicle (LRPV) and was used by Australia’s elite Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2013.
LRPV vehicles were also used for patrolling the remote northern regions of Australia.
The vehicle is based on a Land Rover Perentie One Ten four-wheel drive – which itself used the civilian-based Land Rover One Ten as a starting point. However, this six-wheel drive LPRV variant has been extensively modified to suit its extreme long-range and remote-area usage.
The term Perentie, which is borrowed from a native Australian desert-dwelling lizard, refers to Land Rover’s program to supply one-tonne (4X4) and two-tonne (6X6) off-road vehicles to the Australian army in the 1990s and 2000’s.
After being introduced in the late 1980s, the Land Rover vehicles have been replaced by Mercedes-Benz four-wheel drive and six-wheel drive vehicles, starting in 2013. As a result, the replaced Land Rover vehicles (amongst others) are being auctioned off to the public.
The 6X6 Perentie platform uses a standard Land Rover chassis at the front, but was modified to suit by Jaguar Land Rover Australia for the application. The track width and body has been significantly widened, and a 3.9-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine from Isuzu is under the bonnet.
Outputs of 90kW and 345Nm are not impressive by modern standards, but Isuzu’s 4BD1 engine had an enviable reputation for torque, durability and longevity. This ran through a Land Rover LT95A four-speed gearbox and two-speed transfer case, with full-time four-wheel drive and selectable six-wheel drive for off-road usage.
The LRPV had 345 litres of fuel capacity, an operating range of 1600 kilometres, and could keep a team of three operating for weeks at a time.
The LRPV has operating weight of 4840 kg when fully dressed for operations, and reduced gearing gave a maximum speed of 95km/h.
With only 441 kilometres showing on this example LRPV, it is unlikely to have seen much action as a patrol vehicle.
A Suzuki DRZ250 motorcycle was mounted on the back when in use, and either a Browning heavy machine gun or Mk19 automatic grenade launcher was fitted to the central ring mount. These have not been included in the sale.
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