Overland Classifieds :: 1997 M1088 6×6 Overlander

Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) were initially intended for military use but have become available to the public. Military vehicles can be hit or miss, but this particular line of trucks, produced by Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Systems, has achieved the U.S. Army’s “ultra-reliable” status for 17 years. Consequently, FMTV are highly sought after, with companies such as Acela reimagining the platform for overlanding and commercial purposes. A number of expedition- ready examples have been listed in our classifieds, including this $115,000 Acela Monterra, a $329,000 Acela Overland Rig, and a monster $675,000 2021 Acela 6×6 SLRV Expedition Vehicle. Today’s 1997 M1088 6×6 features a long list of premium modifications, a comfortable habitation pod with elevating roof, but is priced at a bargain $89,000 OBO (a whopping $586,000 less than the comparable Acela SLRV 6×6 above).

From the Seller:

Unfortunately, I’ve lost the battle with my HOA and have to sell my dream rig. I’ve been on a waiting list for almost a year for the only storage place in my small town that can house it, and I’ve had to store it 80 minutes away over the winter, which isn’t sustainable. [For sale is my] 1997 Stewart and Stevenson 1088 LMTV with a hard-mounted 1995 Hi-Lo trailer. It has low miles, has been perfectly maintained, and the previous owner spent a ridiculous amount of time and sweat building this overlander. It’s a full-time 6-wheel drive, automatic transmission, Cat 3116-powered beast that will go anywhere.”

1997 M1088 6×6 Overlander

The M1088 6×6 is fitted with a 7.2-liter 6-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 290 horsepower and a huge 738 pound-feet of torque. A powerful motor is matched with an Allison 7-speed transmission (with high-speed gearing), which allows the truck to cruise at 65 mph and provides a top speed of 80 mph. This vehicle was produced by Stewart & Stevenson Tactical Systems to be the ultimate all-terrain military truck and is engineered to perform worldwide in temperatures ranging from -50 to 120°F. The M1088 has a monstrous 25,000-pound max payload and a 63,000-pound towing capacity.

Distinguishing Features

  • Yanmar diesel generator
  • Custom roof rack and ladders
  • Winch, 25,000-pound
  • Four-way camera system with 10-inch display
  • Rockford Fosgate stereo with subwoofer
  • Custom light rack

This 1997 M1088 6×6 Overlander is listed for $89,000 OBO and is currently located in Cle Elum, Washington State. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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