Man Buys Scud Missile Launcher at Auction
Not only can this rare vehicle blow a hole in your wallet, it can blow a hole in a neighboring despot's fortified underground bunker. What automotive collection would be complete without a Soviet scud missile launcher? One undisclosed buyer can make that claim after bidding $345,000 at the Auctions of America sale outside of San Francisco of the Jacques Littlefield collection of tanks, armored cars, self-propelled guns and other big-engine military equipment.
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So, what does one get with the purchase of a Soviet scud missile launcher? Besides the respect of backwoods militia everywhere, you would own a 41.9-ton vehicle that measures 41 feet in length. It's powered by a 12-cylinder V-2lS diesel, 520-hp (sadly no torque numbers are available) with a top speed of 23 mph.
The scud missile launcher may be gone but tanks are still available, according to the Auctions of America website. Two are:
• Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf. H, most likely built by Nibelungenwerke in February 1944. This vehicle was bought by Syria in the 1950s, probably from Czechoslovakia. It was captured by the Israelis during the Six Day War in 1967. It has a current high bid of $1.75 million.
• Assault Tank M4A3E2 “Sherman Jumbo” is an extremely rare vehicle with possibly only 7 or 8 left in existence. It is an incomplete restoration that is nearly finished. It has a current bid of $800,000.
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According to CNN.com, "Littlefield, whose collection included tanks from World War I as well as vehicles used in recent decades, passed away in 2009. In order to legally own most of the vehicles, he had to 'demilitarize' them, rendering them incapable of firing real ammunition. A few, however, remained fully capable weapons and anyone buying them would be subject to stringent screening and will need special permits."