July 2018 ยท 2 minute read

The foundation of armored transportation goes as far back as the movement of big cargo. Traditionally, smaller valuables were hauled into a more’cloak and dagger’ style. Carriers would try to fit in with other travelers so that they did not reveal the value of the freight. This strategy doesn’t work, however, when the precious freight is big.
Early transfers were caravans with armed employees. Even Autos blindados en venta were armed with cannons to combat would-be thieves on trips to the New World. Afterwards, stagecoaches eventually become common. They had been outfitted with strengthened lockboxes while guards ‘shotgun,’ literally carrying out a shotgun for defense. This is the source of the colloquial term now shouted to secure rights into front passenger seat.
Tanks, armored personnel carriers, and even an armored Rolls-Royce were developed in the 1910s for its new style of military battle. Armored cars allowed for cellular anti-aircraft guns in addition to for secure movement of precious cargo. The achievement of these vehicles led a Chicago company called Brink’s to start armoring college buses for carrying currency in the 1920s. The Brinks armored bus has been followed with a Model-T full of armed guards.
Many pieces of these early armored automobiles were still made of vulnerable substances. Over the years, the substances used in armored transport have shifted from wood and glass to more durable and chemical proof material. It’s hardened by either heat treatment or by the addition of chromium and nickel during production. Windows are now made of thick automotive glass and bulletproof optical plastic.