FOR SALE: WWII M5A1 Stuart Tank – Only USD 160,000



Now for sale on E-Bay a late war M5A1 Stuart Tank, only $160,000!

  • Low Time Engines on complete rebuild
  • NOS Transmissions and new wiring in engine compartment
  • Good radiators, good chevron tracks
  • New interior paint
  • Turret drive hydraulics/manual functional 100%
  • Many tools, Gear & parts
  • De-milled Barrel, No Breach, No Block so vehicle only no weapons of any kind
  • Drives great

The M3 Stuart is an American-built light tank used by the Allied forces during WW II.  The name Stuart was given to the tank by the British forces after Confederate General JEB Stuart though the Americans simply knew the tank as the Light Tank M3.  The Brits also called them ‘Honey,’ reputedly after one driver quipped, “She’s a honey.” 

These tanks saw service throughout the theaters of the war, and their reputation for reliability made them extremely popular with the British forces in spite of their limited fuel range.  They were usually retained for reconnaissance work and not used in tank-to-tank combat, as the British were concerned about their light armor.

The tanks were also used by the Russians, but they were extremely unpopular in the east.  They were considered to have had too many flaws, such as the armor was too light, the weapons were not substantial enough, it was liable to catch fire, and the biggest issue was the fact that the M3’s radial engine was the same that was fitted into aircraft, and thus required high-octane fuel.  This made the logistics of transporting this fuel, in addition to normal diesel fuel, a major headache for the Russians.

Compared to similar armored vehicles of the time, the M3 had much narrower tracks, which made it susceptible to getting stuck in the mud or the snow, both commodities that are freely available in Russia for ten months of the year!

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In the field

Good rubber block chevron tracks

Drivers console

Gunner position

Engine compartment

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Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.