5k: Kick Start: 1960ish M274-A2 Mule

The M274 Mule was a light duty off-road 4X4 mobile platform built for military use from 1956 through 1970.  The prototype for the Mule was designated the Jungle Burden Carrier and it was used by the US Army as an all purpose vehicle to supplement the Jeep, but you could use it for just about anything.  It could carry troops, supplies, guns, stretchers, and supplies in non-tactical supporting roles.  In short, it is perfect if your transportation needs do not exceed 20 mph.  Find this 1960ish M274-A2 Mule here on eBay currently bidding for $5,000 with 2 days to go.

Whenever I see someone flat-towing a Suzuki Samurai, Saturn Somethingorother, or RAV4 behind their motor home, I shake my head and think yer doing it wrong.  They should just stay at a hotel like a normal human being, instead of clogging the road up with some monstrosity that forces you to deal with your own feces, but more importantly, they should be flat towing a Mule.

The Mule is perfectly suited for around-town needs, shopping, emptying the loo, sightseeing, or finding a nearby porta-john. The 2 cylinder Continental-Hercules two-stroke air cooled engine puts out something in the 16 horsepower range and will be plenty for the kind of speeds you’ll be willing to drive with your feet hanging out in front of the vehicle.  The real trick would be to figure out how to get some kind of license plate on this thing.  Specialty construction vehicle from some state with loose emissions laws?

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