Here’s a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 that looks, on the outside, like a regular Suburban, except actually it’s bulletproof. Or, rather, it’s "armored," as people in the bulletproof car industry don’t like to use the term "bulletproof." But look at that large panel inside the cargo area. It’s bulletproof.
Offered by a private seller in the Nashville suburb of Antioch, Tennessee, this 2011 Suburban 2500 has all the goodies of a regular Suburban, except, as the listing says, it is "B6 armored," which "protects against 5.56mm/.308 and lesser threats." The listing also notes the "ballistic glass is in excellent shape," which isn’t the sort of thing you normally read in car ads. According to the seller, the vehicle was purchased from the federal government, which is no surprise — Suburban models like this aren’t an uncommon sight running around the D.C. area with lights flashing.
Beyond the armoring, this Suburban also has some other benefits, including run-flat tires and a Lingenfelter supercharger, which was likely installed to counteract the massive additional weight from the bulletproofing. The listing notes the Suburban also has dual batteries and an "engine fire suppression system," which must be interesting.
Right now, this Suburban is listed with 75,000 miles for $48,900, which is massively more money than the going rate for a 2011 Suburban 2500. But then again, this one is surely worth more due to the armoring; anyone interested in an armored vehicle knows exactly how much the upfitting process costs, and, indeed, the listing says the original price of this SUV was $190,000 to the U.S. taxpayer. Now it can be yours for a fraction of that — and you can breathe a little easier as you drive down the streets, with your thick glass and your supercharger.
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.