the longest deal

Classic military vehicle collector Barrimore England-Davis intended to own one tank, but ended up with far more than he bargained for

Since delivery, two of the AMX13 75 tanks have been restored (one to fully running condition), and one of the Panhards to driving condition.

The Fort Paull Museum just outside Hull is unfortunately no more. However, about four years ago I added a couple of restored exhibits to the museum’s collection in exchange for a sad-looking tank outside the display area.

I agreed to the exchange without even seeing the tank in the flesh and from what I had learnt it was an AMX13 with Chaffee turret. That was a type used by the French in Algeria in the early 1960s (AMX13 – M24). It took a while to organise the deal, but when closed I was ecstatic as I had always wanted a tank to add to my growing collection of armour.

I raced up there with two large recovery lorries and a telehandler as I imagined the tank would not be rolling or driving. I was correct. It had sunk over the 20 odd years it had lain outside and was in an extremely dilapidated state.

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