Centurion Mk5 MBT

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Buyer’s premium 16.5 % of the hammer price and VAT according General Conditions
Location: Wichita KS USA
Year of production: 1953
Country of origin: United kingdom
Manufacturer: British Leyland
Type: A34 Mk I Model B
General condition: medium condition/non-runner
Estimated Price: € 70.000 and € 85.000

The Centurion is a British tank from the post-World War II era. Regarded by some as one of the finest British tank designs of its time, its origins trace back to the Second World War. All thought currently a non-runner, this Centurion is powered by a Rolls-Royce Meteor engine – the non-supercharged version of the famous Merlin engine used in WWII Mustang and Spitfire warbirds. Owning a true Main Battle Tank for the price of a luxury SUV; it's almost too good to be true.

Movice: Centurion Mk5 MBT


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Auction started April 19, 2024 12:00 am


This Centurion Mk 5, was delivered in April 1953. All thought currently a non-runner, this Centurion is powered by a Rolls-Royce Meteor engine – the non-supercharged version of the famous Merlin engine used in WWII Mustang and Spitfire warbirds.

  • Older restoration;
  • The gun is fully demilled (Breech fully cut, barrel was welded with plug) and can be sold in the USA without restrictions. In case of export an export license must be applied;
  • Wiring for the commander override starter has burnt out;
  • One magneto cover is removed;
  • Rough interior but very complete;
  • Has dummy shells stored in turret, possible permit required.


The development of the Centurion Main Battle Tank began in 1943 when the British Army asked for a new cruiser tank equipped with at least a 17-pounder gun. They wanted a fast tank that, even though heavily armored, would perform well in cross-country travel. Six prototypes of the new tank, known as the A-41, were built and sent to Germany in 1945, but the war ended just a month before they saw combat. Initially, they were equipped the 17-pdr (76.2-mm) cannon which was one of the best tank guns used by the Western Allies during the war. By the time Centurions saw combat in 1950 during the Korean War, they had been upgunned to the more powerful 20-pdr (83.4-mm) cannon. This remained the standard gun on Centurions until the early 1960s when they were upgunned with the 105-mm L7 cannon.
The four-man crew of the Centurion was well-protected with armor up to 6-inches (152-mm) thick. Stowage bins mounted on the turret sides provided standoff protection from HEAT rounds while skirts along the suspension helped protect against anti-tank rockets. Various upgrades throughout the years allowed the Centurion to stay in service with many countries well into the 1980s.
The Centurion has been exported to numerous countries including the Canada, Denmark, Israel and South Africa. They saw action in numerous wars including the Indo-Pakistani Wars, Arab-Israeli Wars, the 1956 Suez War, and various conflicts in southern Africa between South Africa and Cuban forces.
Between 1946 and 1962, 4,423 Centurions were produced, consisting of 13 basic marks and numerous variants. In British Army use it was replaced by the Chieftain.


Manufacturer Leyland Motors, Royal Ordnance Factories, Royal Arsenal and Vickers
Model Mk 5 370/450 MBT
Manufacturing date April 1953
Serial number WD nr. 12.BA.97 K
Length 32 ft 3 in (9,83 m)
Width 11 ft 1 in (3,38 m)
Height (top up) 9 ft 7,75 in (2,94 m)
Height (top down) n/a
Weight 112. 436 lb (51.000 kg)
Max. speed (land) 21, 5 mph (34,6 km/h)
Max. speed (water) n/a
Operational range 62,5 mi (100 km)
Main armament 105 mm L7 rifled gun (deactivated)
Secondary armamant 1x cal .30 Browning machine gun, not included.
Engine Rolls-Royce Meteor 4B V12 cyl., 650 hp
Crew 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)
Armor 2 – 6 in (51 – 152 mm)
Production numbers 4.424 (all models)

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