Leopard 1A1A4 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: 1969
Country of origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Krauss -Maffei Wegmann
Type: 1A1A4 MBT
General condition: Older restoration /runner and steers but no driving transmission issue
Estimated Price: Between € 160.000 and € 200.000

This example is a type 1A1A4, serial 346 and B4439 built in 1969. Its in excellent condition on the outside. The three-tone NATO camouflage is in perfect condition. All pioneer tools and tow cables are present. The interior appears very complete with some pieces of equipment needing to be remounted. The tracks and wheels are all excellent.

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Auction started April 19, 2024 12:00 am


This example is in excellent condition on the outside. The three-tone NATO camouflage is in perfect condition. All pioneer tools and tow cables are present. The interior appears very complete with some pieces of equipment needing to be remounted. The tracks and wheels are all excellent. The engine runs fine, but will not shift into forward or reverse, therefore the Leopard will need some maintenance.

  • Transmission has some defect, engine runs and will neutral steer but will not engage in gear;
  • Running and steering (no driving possible);
  • Has no batteries, but can be started on seperate battery back;
  • interior: relatively complete but has old German demil cuts that needs to be repaired / painted (from outside not visible);
  • Breech block welded halfway open, gun tube has plug in the barrel.


When the West German Army joined NATO in 1955, it was equipped primarily with equipment made by the U.S., France and Great Britain. Among the first tanks used by the West German Army were American built M47’s and M48’s. While decent tanks for their time, they were already beginning to be outclassed by vehicles of other nations. In 1956, a requirement for a new tank for the West German Army was put forth. By September 1965, the first Leopard 1 was delivered.

The Leopard 1 was a fast, well-armed main battle tank. It was not as heavily armored as it’s contemporaries such as the British Chieftain or American M60 series, but it was faster and more reliable. It formed the backbone of the West German panzer forces throughout the 1960s and 1970s until it began to be replaced by the more powerful Leopard II. Over 4,700 Leopard I’s were built with a little more than half being sent to the West German Army and the rest going to various NATO members.

The Leopard 1 was built in several variants, each of which underwent various modifications during their service. The initial Leopard 1 was built with a welded hull and cast turret. It was upgraded to the 1A1 in 1971 by adding a thermal sleeve and stabilization system to the main armament. Add on turret armor created the Leopard 1A1A1. The addition of digital radios and the PZB200 low-light television system created the Leopard 1A1A4.

While the Leopard 1 series is no longer used by the German Army, many are still used by NATO members such as Turkey, Greece and Canada.


Manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann
Model 1A1A4 MBT
Manufacturing date 1969
Serial number 346 and B4439
Length 31 ft 3 in (9,54 m)
Width 11 ft (3,37 m)
Height (top up) 9 ft (2,76)
Height (top down) n/a
Weight 93.475 lb (42.400 kg)
Max. speed (land) 40 mph (65 km/h)
Max. speed (water) n/a
Operational range 375 mi (600 km)
Main armament 105 mm L7A4 gun
Secondary armament 2x 7,62 mm MG3 machine guns, note secondary armament not included.
Engine MTU MB 838 CaM 500, 10 cyl., 830 hp
Crew 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)
Armor 2,05 – 2,76 in (52 -70 mm)
Production numbers In total, 6.485 Leopard I tanks have been built, of which 7.744 main battle tanks.

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