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Lot 1370: U.S. M41A1 Walker Bulldog Light Tank

Auction Date: September 8, 2018

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $200,000 - $300,000

U.S. M41A1 Walker Bulldog Light Tank

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Type: Other
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The M41A1 Walker Bulldog tank was manufactured by Cadillac from 1951 to 1954 and replaced the M24 Chaffee. Arriving too late for the Korean War and too early for the Vietnam War, the M41A1 never saw combat with United States military forces. The M41A1, however, saw extensive use with the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) during the Vietnam War. In February 1971, for instance, the ARVN lost 5 of its 17 M41A1s that knocked out 22 North Vietnamese Army tanks (6 T-54s and 16 PT-76s). The M41A1 was exported to allied nations in NATO, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. A few hundred M41A1s are still operational in Taiwan. Approximately 5,500 M41A1s were manufactured, and are rarely available for sale. This example came out of the Guatemalan military in the late 1980s. The tank retains the Guatemalan camo paint scheme. It has an operation turret, demilled breech ring and breech block, and Continental AOS-895 6 cylinder, air cooled, super charged, fuel injected, horizontally opposed engine producing 500 hp. A well-designed light weight tank, the M41A1 was well loved by the troops, and we can attest it is a joy to operate. Comes with mantlet cover, spare tack pads, two extra road wheels, and consignor research.

Rating Definition:

The tank runs and drives well and has Guatemalan alterations done during its time in service. The barrel and optics are good. The track is good, and the road wheels are very good.

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