T34-85 Russian

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Location: Wichita KS USA
Year of production: 1944
Country of origin: Russia
Manufacturer:Kjarkiv Komintern Locomotive Plant (KhPZ)
Type: Tank T34-85
General condition: Older restoration / runner
Estimated Price: Between € 150.000 and € 210.000

Movie: T34-85 Russian Tank driving

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Original WW-II tank and a good runner but is an older restoration and stood some time still but has been made running in March 2024.

  • Older Restoration.
  • Runs, drives and steers
  • Clutch/Steering clutch requires maintenance
  • No Batteries installed can be started on seperate batteries
  • Air starting system does not work due to missing parts (e.g. like pressure bottles).
  • Starter motor sometimes does not engage
  • Only 1st and reserve tested
  • Interiors partly incomplete
  • Cut Breech and has a torch cut hole in the high pressure chamber.
  • Can be sold within the USA without restrictions. In case of export an export license must be applied for.

A true Soviet tank that was designed accordingly. Its combination of firepower, armor, and mobility made it a formidable opponent for German tanks. Its wide tracks gave the Red Army a big advantage on the marshy tundra when attacking the heavy Tiger I. It’s powerful 85 mm gun helped no less.
The T34 became a real legend during and after WW2: It played a crucial role in the Soviet Union’s victory on the Eastern Front. The T-34 was involved in key battles, such as the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Kursk. Its contribution at the battle field give the tank an almost heroic status which even led to the absolutely great Russian war film written and directed by Aleksey Sidorov T34.

This example offered for auction is a genuine WW2 survivor and in running condition. This is your chance to acquire a heavy WW2 tank for a price which is still on the lower end of the tank market. The question is for how long as many collectors starting to appreciate this Russian hero and see the value of its important role during WW2.



The T-34/76 was designed in 1940 as a multi-purpose vehicle, intended to take advantage of breakthroughs in enemy lines. It kept the original F-34 gun until 1943
The State Defense Committee met on August 25, 1943, following the battle of Kursk, and decided to upgrade the T-34 with a new gun.
Three guns were tested at Gorokhoviesky Proving Grounds, near Gorkiy. The S-18 won the competition at first and its design was approved for use in the modified turret, but dropped when it was apparent that it was not compatible with the D-5 mounting for which the turret was designed. However, the D-5, conceived by Petrov, was retested and showed a limited elevation and other minor defects, but equipped the first production series (model 1943) of the T-34-85 as the D-5T. At the same time, Grabin’s gun, the ZiS-53 showed mediocre ballistic performances and had to be reshaped by A. Savin.
On December 15, 1943 this modified version, named the ZiS-S-53, was chosen to be produced en masse and equipped all T-34-85’s model 1944. Around 11,800 were delivered during the next year only. When the first T-34-85’s delivered by Zavod #112 appeared, they were given to the best units, the elite Red Guards battalions. However, they were in training during December 1943, so it is uncertain whether they saw action before January or February 1944. By then, around 400 had already been delivered to front-line units and instantly became popular with the crews. They gradually replaced the T-34/76 and in mid-1944 the T-34-85 outnumbered the older versions.


Manufacturer: Kjarkiv Komintern Locomotive Plant (KhPZ)
Model: T34-85
Manufacturing date: 1944
Serial number: 60811534
Length: 21′ 11″ (6,68 m)
Width: 9′ 10″ (3,00 m)
Height: (top up) 8′ 1″ (2,46 m)
Height: (top down) n/a
Weight: 68.343 lbs (31.000 kg)
Max. speed (land): 26 mph (38 km/h)
Max. speed (water): n/a
Operational range: 220 mi (360 km)
Main armament: 85 mm (3.35 in) ZiS-S-53 demilitarized
Secondary armament; 2x 0,3 in (7,62 mm) DT machine guns. Note secondary armament not included.
Engine: GAZ V12 diesel, 400 bhp
Crew: 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)
Armor: 1.77 – 3.54 in (45 – 90 mm)
Production numbers: Nearly 50.000 model T34 -85 were built

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