An iconic tank of WWII, the Russian T-34/85 proved to be a huge leap forward in tank design. Simple, resilient and deadly, it was capable of fighting toe-to-toe with the best tanks of the day. T-34 battle tanks have participated in almost every conflict since WWII. Our T-34/85 was built in October 1944 and is a fine example of this timeless breed. It has been restored to its original late WWII standard.
The armored warfare lessons of WWII lead to the development of the Russian T-54 Main Battle Tank. As an early Cold Warrior, the T-54 underwent various upgrades during the 1950s with our T54B reflecting a latter development of main gun stabilizations in both the horizontal and vertical planes. Our specific example also received further modifications for Nuclear Chemical and Biological (NBC) defense probably sometime in the early 1960s. Mechanically reconditioned, we have chosen to leave its appearance unimproved displaying the patina and coarsening effects of its unique time on earth.
Our Polish-produced T-55AM Merida is one of the last progressions of T-54/55 development. Built-in the 1980s, the T-55AM Merida put forth the best technology that could be strapped onto the aging T-54/55 design. The “Merida” fire control system assists in targeting and gunnery control while the NBC defenses are enhanced. Higher horsepower and thicker armor had pushed the T-54/55 as far as it could go. Our example was completely re-conditioned in Poland for shipment to the Panzerfabrik stable.
The West German Leopard 1 revolutionized the Main Battle Tank standard in 1965 setting a much higher bar of ability and performance. Head and shoulders above its competition, the Leopard 1 held the top spot until bested by the U.S. Abrams in 1980. The Belgian version of the Leopard 1 was produced between 1968 and 1971. Our Belgian Leo was upgraded in 1997 with the latest fire control system featuring “fire on the move” stabilization, thermal imaging, and digital fire correction systems. Our Leopard was completely refurbished inside and out before its USA importation by Panzerfabrik.
The German Panzer II “Luchs” is a light reconnaissance tank made in limited numbers during 1943-44. There were only 100 made with 50 being sent to the western front (9th Panzer) and 50 being sent to the eastern front (4th Panzer). There are only two surviving original Panzer II Luchs remaining today. Ours is a museum quality copy hand-built by Panzerfabrik to match the look, specifications, and performance of the original.
The M113 Lynx was produced by in the U.S. for Canada and Belgium in the mid-1960s. It served as a light command and reconnaissance vehicle. Our M113 Lynx is actually one of the few prototypes use for evaluation and testing. The Serial Number is P1 (prototype 1). We have mechanically re-conditioned our Lynx, and it is a little “hot rod.”
The FV432 is an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) that was designed and used by the United Kingdom. Production started in 1962 and ended in 1971 after approximately 3,000 FV432s were built. Our FV432 is actually an FV436, which designates the command version.