Back in Action

Nigel Hay’s round-up of the military vehicle market

Here we are, at last, at the start of one of the busiest years for the military vehicle hobby – the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and the invasion of Europe. After a typically quiet December in terms of vehicle sales, the run-up to these events will springboard the market back into action.

December saw the Dutch-operated Tracks and Trade online auction successfully sell over $2 million worth of vehicles – many of which were located in the USA. This featured nine tanks, including a nicely restored 76MM Gun Tank M41 ‘Walker Bulldog’ (US$403.000) and a Sherman M4A3 E8 (76) HVSS (US$558.000).

A 1943 M5A1 older restoration ‘Stuart’ Light tank with some electrical problems went for US$223.000, and a 1944 Tank T34-85 with an almost empty interior went under the hammer for US$171.000.

One bargain was the Gepard 1A1 A4 which was one of the final lots in the fourhour digital auction which went for only US$190.500. Ivo Rigter and his team certainly went ‘full gas’ on enthusiastically marketing this sale worldwide.

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