Lot 0338: Sherman M4A3 E8 (76) HVSS (USA)
This particular Sherman M4A3E8 (76) HVSS is a very unique example which shows the tremendous progress and achievements of the US tank development in WW2. A tank that the serious WW2 collector would love to have as crown in his collection!
The Sherman M4A3E8 (76) HVSS, also popularly known as the "Easy Eight", was one of the most reliable and versatile tanks used by the Allied forces during World War II. It was an upgraded version of the M4 Sherman tank, which had been the primary armored vehicle used by American and Allied forces during the war. The combination of speed, maneuverability, and firepower made it a crucial asset on the battlefield, contributing to numerous victories against Axis forces.
The M4A3E8 (76) HVSS was developed in response to the evolving needs of armored warfare, and it featured a number of important upgrades compared to earlier Sherman models. These upgrades included a more powerful 76mm main gun, thicker armor, improved suspension, greater reliability and the suburb Ford GAA V8 tank engine. The tank's Horizontal Volute Spring Suspension (HVSS) provided better stability and mobility over rough terrain.
One of the most notable features of the M4A3E8 was its versatility. It was effective in a range of combat scenarios, including tank-to-tank engagements, infantry support, and reconnaissance missions. The tank's improved firepower, combined with its mobility and reliability, made it a formidable opponent on the battlefield.
The M4A3E8 76 HVSS saw action in several key campaigns during World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland Campaign, and the Western Allied invasion of Germany. It continued to serve in various conflicts around the world, including the Korean War and even the early days of the Vietnam War.
The tank's legacy as one of the most important armored vehicles of World War II continues to be celebrated by historians and enthusiasts alike.
Why buy this tank?
- This M4A3E8 (76) is almost 100% original,
- Never used in a civil application: Straight Army release so not abused and modified,
- Older Class A restoration showing signs of usage,
- Original good running (start on the button) Ford GAA engine,
- NOS tracks
- Great wiring and fully original instrumentation,
- In the sixties discovered at LeTourneau Marathon Company in Longview, Texas (currently not existing anymore),
- Almost 100% complete and ORIGINAL interior with on top of that many hard-to-find accessories and equipment,
- Suspension in very good condition; tracks 90%,
- All original armor with original hard stamping; never cut for demilitarization,
- Complete with all cradles, 1 x 50CAL and 2 x 30CAL (deactivated),
- Comes with all accessories as indicated on the pictures.
- Located in Kansas USA
- Gun 76 MM M1A2 Oldsmobile Division GM 1945 #13024. This gun gives the tank, in combination with the higher velocity ammunition, sufficient firepower capable of knocking out even German heaviest tanks.
Conclusion: this is an absolutely superb M4A3E8 (76) HVSS in a condition that you have never encountered in recent years and will not encounter in the coming years and therefore an absolutely great investment and highly collectable!
Model M4A3 E8 (76) HVSS
Manufacturer Chrysler Corporation, Warren Michigan.
Production figures Chrysler built 2,617 M4A3 (76)W HVSS. Production started in May 1944 and ended in June 1945.
Color WW-II Olive drap
Weight 74,200 lbs. (33.657 kg) unloaded 68,100 lbs. (30,890 kg.)
Crew 5 men:
Engine Ford GAA, 8 cylinder, DOHC 60°V8 gasoline,
Displacement: 1,100 cu in (18 L)
Power output: 525HP at 2.600 RPM
Torque: 1,100 lbs. (1.400 Nm)
Transmission Synchromesh, 5 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Controlled differential; steering levers
Suspension Horizontal volute spring:
Roadwheels: 3 bogies/track; 2 dual wheels/bogie,
Track return rollers: 2 dual/track, 3 single/track
Max. speed 26 mph (42 km/h) sustained
Range Roads: ~100 miles (161 km)
Dimensions Length: 297" (7,55 m) gun forward
287” (7,29 m) gun to the rear
Width: 118" (3.00 m)
Height: 117" (2.97 m) over turret cupola
Electrical installation 24 Volt
Armament Live Gun 76 MM M1A2 Oldsmobile Division GM 1945 #1302476 in Mount M62 in turret
Permit(s) Tank comes with a US firearms registration for the main gun
Month of Delivery January 1945
Serial Nr. 61216
US Contract T-11168:
Location: Wichita Kansas USA
Condition: Fully restored
Permits: In case of export out of the USA an export permit will be required.
ON REQUEST A DETAILED BROCHURE IS AVAILABLE FROM THIS LOT
Between € 600.000 and € 800.000