It's Independence Day in the US and we've gone looking for some unique American vehicles to help celebrate their special day.
However, the question that immediately springs to mind is "why would you do it?"
Whether it is a Hummer covered in replica guns and lasers or a Volkswagen Beetle turned into a rocket-launching tank or even a 1931 Model A Ford that is into a snowmobile, Americans certainly love their cars and love to customise them.
But how far should you go?
Here are handful of beauts found on American trading site, eBay:
2003 H2 Hummer
With 86,500 miles (139,000 kilometres) on the clock, someone in Pennsylvania wants US$55,000 (NZ$68,265) for the "Black Knight" which the owner describes as a "real head turner". Can't disagree!
It has gull-wing Lamborghini doors (according to the listing) and comes armed with things like a 50 calibre gun that shoots simulated fire using propane and oxygen tanks stored in ammo cases on the roof! There are laser lights on guns and roof, underbody lights, while the gear stick is a chrome hand grenade. There are more machine guns throughout but all the firearms are replicas and everything can be controlled with a wireless remote.
1973 VW Beetle Tank
In Staunton, Virginia, this VW Beetle tank, affectionately known as "Rumble", will set you back US$50,000.
The owner says the vehicle idea was born after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
"One small American decided to make a bolder statement to terrorists. 'If you mess with us, US, we will get you', and so was born the idea of a camo vehicle, one with surface to air missiles mounted topside, machine guns on front, road legal rubber half tracks to scamper up any hill, rain, snow or mud, run thru rock quarries, woods and fields.
Rumble, so called because "it could be heard moving more than a thousand metres in the distance", has appeared in a number of Independence Day parades, but the owner says with the demise of Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, it had been decided to sell the vehicle.
1968 Jaguar E-Type
In Nevada, a previously wrecked classic English sports car has undergone some unusual modifications, including a total rear end refit with the boot now home to a blown 1974 500 cubic inch Cadillac Eldorado V8 engine.
It seems sacrilege to carve up such a classic car and the owner even added headlights from a 2004 Ford Taurus while the seats are from a Datsun 240Z.
It's hard to even call this a Jaguar.
1989 Chevrolet Suburban
A double-decker hunting vehicle such as this is, as expected, in Texas.
The owner says "This is a top drive hunting vehicle. If you are a hunter you know what I am talking about."
I'm not a hunter, so I'm just left shaking my head.
The lister says the vehicle was built three years ago, "drives good and is very stable."
And yes, you do drive it from the top which is a Ford Aerostar.
1957 Diesel Hot Rod Truck/Tractor
Not sure what make this comes under but it is powered by a 5.9 Cummins diesel and has four wheel power disc brakes, according to the ad lister, who claims it also steers and handles well.
It has huge winches front and rear, tool boxes under seats and adjustable front and rear suspension allowing it be raised over 30 centimetres in less than a minute. The truck has a huge air compressor on the motor that can fill the ten gallon holding tank very rapidly so you can run your air tools or just honk the truck horn.
1931 Ford Model A snowmobile
The Ford Model A has been the choice of hot rodders for years, but this is surely one of the more unique modifications, adding an extra axle and turning it into a snowmobile.
According to the listing, the modifications were undertaken in Chicago not long after it was built and now, all these years later, it still remains a headturner.
It comes with removable front wheel skis.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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