M26 Pershing

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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: 1945
Country of origin: United States of America
Manufacturer: Fisher Tank Arsenal
Type: M26
General condition: unrestored / non-runner
Estimated Price: € 190.00 and € 250.000

Movie: M26 Pershing

This M26 Pershing offered for auction is a real time capsule on tracks, entirely in its original state. It’s a collector’s dream and an unforgettable experience to be the first to restore this vehicle. A serious US WW-II tank collection isn’t complete without an authentic Pershing. Just over 2000 M26 Pershing tanks were built (compared to the more than 50,000 Sherman tanks) making it a very rare and sought-after tank.

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Auction started April 19, 2024 12:00 am


This M26 Pershing offered for auction is a real time capsule on tracks, entirely in its original state.

  • Unrestored (non-runner) but very complete;
  • Original gun tube with muzzle thread protector;
  • Gun is missing the Breech ring.

Restoration & transportation

Do you have an interest in this mighty tank but lack the knowledge, experience, or means to restore it or transport it to your location? BAIV has expertise in fully restoring a M26 Pershing and can realistically estimate both time and restoration costs. Additionally, BAIV has extensive experience in the international transport of tanks. Contact us to discuss the possibilities. Owning a restored M26 Pershing may be closer than you think.


The M26 Pershing is a heavy tank/medium tank formerly used by the United States Army. It was designed and built to counter the German heavy tanks like the Tiger, Panzer and Panther.
Compared to the Sherman and previous models, the Pershing was revolutionary. The new Wright engine and short transmission gave it a low profile, as opposed to the Sherman. The glacis plate was one of the thickest ever fitted on an American tank to that point. The torsion bar system conferred a noticeably better ride and was leagues ahead of the tractor-based VVSS, as well as simpler than the HVSS. The large tracks fitted with soft steel shoes contributed to lowering the ground pressure and giving better grip on soft terrain. Above them, two wide mudguards mounted large storage bins for tooling, spares and equipment.
Based on the criteria of firepower, mobility, and protection, US historian R. P. Hunnicutt ranked the Pershing behind the German Tiger II heavy tank, but ahead of the Tiger I heavy and Panther medium tanks
Although the tank was deployed late in the Second World War, it still made a significant contribution during several battles during the advance towards Berlin. It had also a substantial impact during the Korean War, where it distinguished itself admirably by disabling over half of the T34/85 tanks encountered.


Manufacturer Fisher Tank Arsenal
Model M26
Manufacturing date May 1945
Serial number S786
Length 28 ft 4,5 in (8,65 m)
Width 11 ft 6 in (3,51 m)
Height (top up) 9 ft 1,5 in (2,78 m)
Height (top down) n/a
Weight 92.335 lb (41.000 kg)
Max. speed (land) 30 mph (48 km/h)
Max. speed (water) n/a
Operational range 100 mi (160 km)
Main armament 90 mm gun M3
Secondary armament 2x cal .30-06 M1919 Browning, 1x cal .50 M2 Browning, note secondary armament not included.
Engine Ford GAF, 8 cyl. , gasoline, 450-500 hp
Crew 5 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver)
Armor 2 – 4 in (50 -102 mm)
Production numbers 2.202

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