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May 3, 2015
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Mad Max: Fury Road is probably the craziest post-apocalyptic movie you'll see all summer along—not that there are many post-apoclyptic movies this blockbuster season.

The movie is a revival of the long-slumbering Mad Max series from Australian director George Miller, the first entry in which, came out way back in 1979. The sequels The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome followed in 1981 and 1985, but it has taken Fury Road more than 30 years to get to the big screen to mark the series' beautifully rusted, dinged-up return.

In its return, Tom Hardy takes the wheel from Mel Gibson to wreak havoc in Mad Max's post-apocalyptic wasteland—havoc that its filmmakers is touting for its use of "practical effects," which simply means more real-life kabooms and less CGI explosions.

Also being touted: the 150 real-life cars, trucks and all manners of wheeled lunacy, roaming the wasteland, and repurposed for post-suburban living. Here, we'll show you 10 of these gnarly war machines, which were first released by Car And Driver magazine two days ago. To demostrate just how twisted the metal has transformed, we also scavenged the Internet (okay, we kind of just Googled them) for their pre-apocalyptic forms.

Which would you rather drive?

1) BUGGY #9

Pre-apocalyptic:


Image via Aussieexotics.com

The Perentti was an Australian creation by Sydney-based company called Custom Performance Modification in the '70s, which essentially placed a Corvette's body atop the chassis of a tow truck. The Corvette wasn't officially exported to Australia, and this was its way of making America pay for that mistake.

Post-apocalyptic:

Good luck getting past parking lot security with that machine gun attachment!

2) THE FDK

Pre-apocalyptic:


Image via Wikipedia

The Volkswagen Beetle had the magical ability to hypnotize kids into hitting each other's heads upon sight.

Post-apocalyptic:

We dare you to call it "kotseng kuba" now!

3) THE GIGAHORSE

Pre-apocalyptic:


Image via Wikipedia

The 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille was a true sweetheart that helped young fellas in the '60s get laid.

Post-apocalyptic:

Its Mad Max transformation looks like a truck and two Cadillacs got involved in a messy threesome.

4) INTERCEPTOR

Pre-apocalyptic:


Image via Wikipedia

The 1974 Ford Falcon was symbolic of the muscle car era: loud, overpowered, and out of control. 

Post-apocalyptic:

It was no surprise then that Mad Max made this his car of choice, in the first two Mad Max movies. It makes its V8-powered, torque-filled return in Fury Road. 

5) MACK

Pre-apocalyptic:


Image via Wikipedia

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Australian truck maker, Mack, has been hauling goods in the land down under since 1907. Known for their toughness, the R-Series, pictured above, was built to last several ends of the world.

Post-apocalyptic:

What are all those hooks and ropes for? The converted R-series truck in the new movie (simply called Mack) is designed to scavenge important materials in the aftermath of a big battle.

6) THE NUX CAR

Pre-apocalyptic:


Image via Wikipedia

The Ford Model B may look gentlemanly but inside it is rough-and-tumble V8 workhorse.

Post-apocalyptic:

Its end-of-days version sheds every ounce of polite behavior, takes the top off its powerful privates, and sticks all manners of offending poles where it can.

7) PEACEMAKER

Pre-apocalyptic:


Image via Wikipedia

How can you make a purebred muscle car such as this '70s era Chrysler Valiant Charger even meaner?

Post-apocalyptic:

Stick fucking tank treads to it!

8) THE WAR RIG

Pre-apocalyptic:

The War Rig below is derived from one of the trucks made by Czech Republic manufacturer, Tatra, known for their simplicity and reliability.  One of Tatra's trucks appear above, but isn't the direct inspiration for the Mad Max version.

Post-apocalyptic:

Whatever inspired the Mad Max version, though, has got to be pretty wicked! In case the sheer size doesn't intimidate you, the skulls on its grille should do the trick.

9) PLYMOUTH ROCK

Pre-apocalyptic:

The 1937 Plymouth sedan is about as stately as you can get back in the '30s.

Post-apocalyptic:

Its made-for-the-wasteland version is about as spiky as you can get in Fury Road. #TetanoAngAbotMo.

10) THE BIG FOOT

Pre-apocalyptic:


The original version of the Fargo trucks (essentially rebranded Dodge trucks in Canada, Turkey and Australia) didn't exactly have the package to warrant the name "Big Foot."

Post-apocalyptic:

And thus, it overcompensates in the movie version!

Now, which car would you want to see get the Mad Max treatment? 

Mad Max: Fury Road opens on May 14, 2015 in the Philippines.

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