We are pleased to present this 2012 Terradyne Gurkha F5 light armored patrol vehicle (LAPV). Designed for safely transporting military and law enforcement personnel in hostile environments, the Gurkha is built upon a Ford F-550 Super Duty chassis and features B7/STANAG II level ballistic protection, which provides protection against explosive blasts as well as large caliber, high-velocity armor-piercing rounds. Reported to be one of only 7 vehicles originally commissioned by the United States military for use in Iraq transporting dignitaries and VIPs, this Gurkha was later purchased by a private security firm where it was used to extract individuals from Mexico to the United States. In 2019, it received a ground-up $150k+ full restoration from Floodwater Customs of Houston, Texas, which included new paint, windows, a custom interior, a full Icon Vehicle Dynamics long-travel suspension, new wheels, tires, and much more. This incredibly rare and unique Gurkha LAPV shows just under 5k miles on the odometer and is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Texas.
Built by Terradyne Armored Vehicles of Ontario, Canada, the Gurkha showcases a dual-walled fully insulated lightweight hull constructed of Hardox 500 steel, which is extremely tough while offering higher wear resistance compared to standard steel. This material, in combination with Kevlar and Dyneema insulation, provides the highest level of ballistic protection available to civilians and is capable of stopping munitions as large as .50 caliber BMG “anti-material” rounds. During its restoration, this Gurkha received a glass-out respray in a custom shade of Destroyer Grey. The body was first sandblasted and hand-stripped to bare metal, then painted using Steel-It anti-corrosive paint, sprayed with Clarion mil-spec chemical resistant coating, and then clear coated for UV protection. The seller reports that every piece of the original hardware on the body was replaced and upgraded, coated with anti-seize grease, and all bolt holes were sealed with silicone. The original B7-level glass was removed and replaced with CNC-cut polycarbonate 3” thick windows, which will not delaminate and will not need to be replaced in the future. In preparation for the sale, the windshield was also just replaced with new 3” polycarbonate at a cost of $5,300 in materials alone. The original roof-mounted turret system was swapped out with a laser-cut custom escape hatch also made of Hardox 500 steel. The front and rear bumpers, side steps, rear step, fender flares, custom-made grab handles, and custom hatch were all coated in Xylan, an industrial film used for its non-stick properties to increase durability and prevent slipping. The five functional gun ports were refurbished with new hardware, seals, and coating as well.
During the restoration, the four 360-degree mounted light bars and Code 3 emergency lights were refurbished with new mounts and hardware, Xylan coated, and rewired with heat shrink for weatherproofing. The front bumper features mini fold-out steps, tow hooks, recovery points, and a heavy-duty Warn 16.5 winch with a synthetic rope. Custom-built steel cages protect the windows, headlights, and taillights. This Gurkha rolls on 20” Carlisle 2-piece beadlock wheels wrapped in military-grade 41” Continental MPT tires showing date codes from 2011, and also carries a full-size spare mounted on the passenger side quarter panel.
The interior of the Gurkha was also completely restored, stripped down to bare metal from floor to ceiling, and painted in Clarion mil-spec light gray coating. The Ford dashboard was removed along with all wiring harnesses from the front to the back of the vehicle, and rewired with all new hardware. Original Mercedes-Benz fabric was used to upholster the cabin, from the light grey carpet to the custom black leather perforated seats, including the six rear jump seats. The front seatbacks are covered in MOLLE webbing to allow for flexible gear storage. The rear jump seats were also completely refurbished, including new seat bottoms and backs, springs, and hardware. Red seat belts were installed on the two front seats as well as the jump seats. The roof-mounted secondary air conditioning and heat system for the rear was also wrapped in Mercedes black perforated leather as well as the door cards, which feature custom-made door pulls and custom extra-large steel map pockets.
The custom aluminum center console features dual cup holders, cell phone storage, and two DB Driver 6x9 speakers with sound deadening. A Kenwood Excelon double-din head unit with Apple Carplay controls multiple exterior cameras, including a rear-facing wide-view HD camera that displays while driving. The four 360-degree light bars and red/white SWAT go lights are controlled individually by a toggle switch panel in the dash, and the Code 3 emergency lights are operated by a hand-held control panel.
The Gurkha is powered by a Ford 6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine, which has been modified by PSP Diesel of Houston to accommodate the vehicle’s massive 19,860 lb. curb weight. Modifications include a PSP EGR delete, a PSP 4” straight piped exhaust system and a sealed cold air intake system. An H&S Mini Maxx tuner unit allows the driver to choose between multiple tuning profiles on the fly, including towing (425 HP/950 lb.-ft torque), street (460 HP/1150 lb.-ft torque), and performance (600 HP/1400 lb.-ft torque). A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers power to all 4 wheels through an upgraded Eaton/Spicer HD limited-slip differential with an HD housing and HD Eaton/Spicer u-joints.
This Gurkha also received a $30k custom Icon Vehicle Dynamics long-travel suspension. It features 9” 2.5VS remote dual reservoir coilovers in the front along with an HD dual-steering stabilizer kit with 2.0VS shocks, extended brake lines, HD adjustable tie rod ends, and HD lower and upper links. The rear suspension features 6” remote dual reservoir shocks, an HD adjustable track bar, and HD rear leaf springs with 2.5” risers. Braking is handled by 4-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS.
This sale will include a clean Texas title and a spare Continental MPT tire. The original 386 lb. ballistic glass windshield is also available and can be shipped at the buyer's expense. Fully customized, bullet-proof, and capable of traversing through the most difficult conditions, this Terradyne Gurkha is the only choice for a civilian in search of the ultimate military-spec vehicle.