Centaur Mk.III Restoration

Although it saw little to no combat during World War Two, the Centaur Mk III was still a fearsome British weapon. With one example having recently been restored, Craig Moore got a closer look at the We Have Ways Festival

MAIN IMAGE: From the front it is hard to identify if this tank is a Cavalier, Centaur or Cromwell
pictures Craig Moore

This impressive Centaur Mk.III tank – originally a gun tank – was converted into an armoured bulldozer in 1944. Recently arriving at the Track and Wheel Heritage restoration works in Buckinghamshire, tank owner Lance Varga gave express instructions to convert it back into its original war-era form.

Centaur tanks were converted into bulldozers in the MG Car Works factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, during World War Two. This particular example had been kept on display at the Isle of Wight Museum. Fortunately, there was little to no damage from water ingress through open or leaky hatches, which often happens when old tanks are left outside.

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