Valentine Tank Mk. VI

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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: WW-II
Country of origin: Canada or United Kingdom
Manufacturer:To be determined
Type: Mk VI
General condition: Cosmetically restored/ non-runner
Estimated Price: Between € 50.000 and € 65.000


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Auction started April 19, 2024 12:00 am


This model is a Canadian or United kingdom-built version of Mk IV; initially known as Tank, Infantry Mark III***. Late production vehicles had cast glacis detail, along with more use of cast sections instead of fabricated ones. The first fifteen were produced with a 7.92 mm Besa coaxial machine-gun, thereafter replaced by a coaxial 0.30-inch Browning machine-gun.

Upper hull section is a replica. There is no engine and has a incorrect turret (Modified M8 Stuart Howitzer. The interior is almost empty. The Valentine has also a fake barrel and no breech. It’s is great object for a museum display as it stands today.

This valentine was preserved after the war and was eventually sold for several years as the ‘Mad Max Freedom Fighter’. After this ‘excursion’, it eventually ended up with a collector who put a lot of work into converting it back to a tank similiar to a valentine with the aim of exploiting it in a museum.

He used the turret of an M8 Stuart Howitzer from a LVT and made a new rear deck with parts of an Archer. In addition, various sheet metal parts have been newly manufactured, as has the dummy gun. However, the ultimate goal of turning this into a moving vehicle again was never achieved. Despite that, we think it is a nice object that can form the basis for a Valentine. It’s is great object for a museum display as it stands today.


  • No engine but has transmission;
  • Incorrect turret  (Modified M8 Stuart Howitzer);
  • No breech;
  • Interior is almost empty;
  • Upper body armor is replicated;
  • Rear deck is of an Archer.


The Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine was an infantry tank produced in the United Kingdom during World War II. More than 8,000 of the type were produced in eleven marks, plus various specialized variants, accounting for approximately a quarter of wartime British tank production. The many variants included riveted and welded construction, petrol and diesel engines and a progressive increase in armament. It was supplied in large numbers to the USSR and built under license in Canada The Valentine was extensively used in the North African Campaign, earning a reputation as a reliable and well-protected vehicle. Developed by Vickers, it proved to be both strong and reliable.
The Valentine was of conventional layout, divided internally into three compartments; from front to back the driver’s position, the fighting compartment with the turret and then the engine and transmission driving the tracks through rear sprockets. Driving was by clutch and brake steering through levers, whose control rods ran the length of the hull to the transmission at the rear.
The first tanks had a two-man turret, the gunner on the left of the gun and the commander acting also as the loader on the right. When three-man turrets were introduced, the commander sat to the rear of the turret.
The Valentine shared the common weakness of the British tanks of the period in that its 2-pounder gun lacked high-explosive (anti-personnel) ammunition and soon became outdated as an anti-tank weapon. Introduction of the 6-pounder in British service was delayed until the loss of equipment in France had been made good, so the 2-pounder was retained longer.
Canadian Service
To develop its own tank forces, Canada had established tank production facilities. An order was placed in 1940 with Canadian Pacific and after modifications to the Valentine design to use local standards and materials, the production prototype was finished in 1941. Canadian production was mainly at CPR Angus Shops in Montreal and 1,420 were produced in Canada, of which 1,388 were sent to the Soviet-Union. They formed the main Commonwealth export to the Soviet Union under lend-lease. The remaining 32 were retained for training. The use of local GMC Detroit Diesel two-stroke engines in Canadian production was a success and the engine was adopted for British production. British and Canadian production totaled 8,275, making the Valentine the most produced British tank design of the war.


Manufacturer CPR Angus Shops
Model Mk VI
Manufacturing date WWII
Serial number 49320
Length 17 ft 6 in (5,33 m)
Width 8 ft 8 in (2,64 m)
Height (top up) 8 ft 7 in (2,61 m)
Height (top down) n/a
Weight 35.274 lb (16.000 kg)
Max. speed (land) 15 mph (24 km/h)
Max. speed (water) n/a
Operational range 87 mph (140 km)
Main armament QF 2 pdr. (1,57 in/ 40 mm)
Secondary armament 2 x 0,3 in (7,62 mm) BESA machine guns, note secondary armament is not included.
Engine GMC 6004 diesel, 138 hp
Crew 3 (commander, gunner, driver)
Armor 0,31 – 2 in (8 – 51 mm)
Production numbers 1.420 produced in Canada of wich 1.388 were sent to the Sovjet Unie. The remaining 32 were retained for training.

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