The term built like a tank gets tossed around a lot in the automotive world, but nothing ever compares to the real thing. War buffs everywhere want to experience a day inside of a moving tank, and now they can. Available for auction is a well-maintained 1943 M4A1 Sherman Tank from Bring a Trailer.
Perhaps the best part about this M4A1 is that it is one of less than 20 known to exist that you can actually start and run. Built in Canada late in 1943, this Sherman Medium Tank features a cast-hull design. A Continental-built 975ci Wright Whirlwind nine-cylinder radial engine powers the tank to life.
A Spicer 5-speed manual transmission shifts gears to keep it rolling. All recent service and maintenance is well-documented and available from the seller. Some of its recent service includes a hydraulic system flush, oil change and brake maintenance.
Tanks are purpose built machines. It is easy to see what kind of damage the demilitarized 75mm main gun could do. This tank also features a propane-fired .50 caliber replica machine gun on the turret. Finally, a .30 caliber dummy machine gun in the forward hull provides a little extra peace of mind.
With its recently refreshed olive drab exterior, this 1943 M4A1 Sherman Tank is ready to blend in with nature. Inside, the fighting compartment features a clean white finish after stripping it down.
This tank currently features off-road tracks. You may want to start assembling your five person crew if you are planning on making a run at this tank. When working in unison, a full crew can show what this tank is truly capable of in a reenactment or other public display.
Although you will face some competition, you can check out a video of the tank operating on the BaT website to motivate your pursuit. One thing is for sure, this tank is going to make one intimidating addition to the new owner’s collection.
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