Now that we’ve all had a couple of weeks to revel in George Miller’s latest vision of post-apocalyptic car culture, what would you drive in the world of Mad Max? It’s easy to get carried away with the possibilities, so let me lay down some ground rules:

  1. Society collapsed in the late seventies, but manufacturing practices survived long enough to make a few new cars into the early 8o’s (Fury Road features a Humvee and a Perentti kit car, both c. 1984). No newer vehicles or technologies are allowed.
  2. Military hardware is almost nowhere. Perhaps it was all blown up in the war? All we know is that the most military-grade vehicles we see in the wasteland are a M.A.N. 8x8 Missile Truck and a stripped down HMMWV chassis. One of these is owned by the only exporter of water, and the other by the only manufacturer of gasoline. You can’t have one.
  3. It can’t be stock. In fact, it has to have some kind of grandiose modification that makes it unsafe and a hazard to everyone within 100 feet, especially if a Charlize Theron is nearby.
  4. Share a picture of your inspiration, but don’t share any of the actual movie cars. Make your own death trap.