Aren’t we obsessed with the an eventual end to our world in the form of a Zombie apocalypse. Countless movies and blogs have been written on the same. Let’s assume we do end up in a World War Z. What car would you use to survive it?
CarGurus, the online automotive marketplace, has used its automotive expertise and put together the definitive list of the five used cars fit to fight off a zombie invasion.
First instinct would be to choose the biggest, heaviest thing on the road. Enter the Hummer H1. It’s about as big and heavy as it gets – and with its bluff front end and absolute go-anywhere ability, it’s perfect not just for ploughing its way through a hostile crowd of zombies, but also for crossing any mountains or rivers that might lay between human kind and safety. Go for a station wagon, and there’s room to spare for essentials, too.
Toyota Land Cruiser
The thing about the Hummer is that reliability isn’t guaranteed. The Toyota Land Cruiser, on the other hand, has that base covered – it’s renowned across the world for its utter unburstability. The latest model is as strong as an ox, and comes with a few luxuries that’ll make life on the run from marauding packs of brain-eaters a little more comfortable. It still has more than enough off-road ability to ensure that when the tarmac runs out, it won’t get stuck.
Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham
Go-anywhere ability isn’t the be-all-and-end-all, though. A long bonnet is the perfect weapon for taking out zombies. And bonnets don’t come much longer than that of the Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Brougham – which, at 5.9 metres, was one of the longest cars ever made. That means plenty of crumple zone, both front and rear – because if zombie films are anything to go by, at some point the driver is going to have to do a reverse J-turn to escape, scattering the undead in the process. What’s more, the Fleetwood’s many toys and wafty ride will enable frightened drivers to flee in appropriately luxurious surroundings.
But perhaps running down zombies is the wrong tactic. After all, they’re probably not as squishy as the movies make out – so perhaps the best bet is scaring them off instead. In which case, the Zenvo ST1 should do the trick. Its angry nose is terrifying enough to give even the most blood-hungry zombie pause. And its 1,104bhp twin-charged 7.0-litre V8 engine means the car will be gone before the zombies have had a chance to recover. What’s more, the ST1 caught fire while being tested on Top Gear – so if the worst comes to the worst there’s a chunk of flaming bodywork to beat the zombies back with.
Ford Mondeo Estate
Perhaps the most cunning tactic, however, is to hide in plain sight. Find the nearest Mondeo Estate – preferably an older model so that it’s all the more inconspicuous – then sling a sleeping bag in the back and hole up inside for a couple of days? Even the most alert undead probably won’t pay it any heed – and once they’ve all lost interest and shuffled off elsewhere, creep quietly out of town under cover of darkness.