1972 Alvis Sabre PrivateCars - Monroeville - 19 views
This 1972 Alvis Sabre is a light reconnaissance tank based on the Alvis CVR(T) platform. The Sabre was developed in the mid-1990s using existing Scorpion hulls and turrets from the Fox armored car in an effort to create a vehicle similar to the Scimitar. This example was previously in UK service and was imported to the US by Stonegate Auto Sales for the seller in 2019. The tank is equipped with a de-militarized 30mm RARDEN cannon, and power is provided by a 4.2-liter Jaguar inline-six paired with a seven-speed transmission and differential steering system. This Alvis is offered by the seller in Georgia with Customs and importation documents and a Georgia bill of sale.
The vehicle is finished in a two-color camouflage scheme and is equipped with storage boxes over the aluminum armored hull, which is comprised of a mix of cast panels and 1318b plate. The Sabre is based on a Scorpion hull with the lower profile turret from the Fox armored car. The 30mm RARDEN cannon is shared with the Warrior IFV and is loaded manually with pairs of three-round clips. The breech, coaxial L94A1 chain gun, and smoke grenade launchers have been removed.
The vehicle is equipped with conventional metal tracks with rubber blocks and is said to be capable of around 50 mph. It is also fitted with dual exterior mirrors, headlights, taillights, and turn signals.
The turret incorporates twin hatches for the commander and gunner, and the seller notes that the periscopes were removed by US customs upon importation. The sights are intact in both turret positions. Photos of the interior of the turret are provided and show the removed breech for the 30mm cannon, and other remaining hardware.
The driver’s compartment is positioned on the vehicle’s left side and incorporates a two-position seat that can be used with the upper hatch open or closed. Primary instrumentation is mounted to the driver’s left and includes a VDO tachometer, a 50-mph speedometer, a fuel-level gauge, and a temperature gauge. About 4,900 miles are shown on the mechanical odometer, 75 of which were added by the seller.
The CVR(T) was designed to measure less than 6′ 11″ wide to fit inside contemporary transport aircraft, and the engine had to fit alongside a driver in full winter clothing, necessitating the use of an inline engine. The Jaguar J60 Mk.100b inline-six was derived from the Jaguar XK inline-six with a lower compression and a rated output of 195 horsepower. The seller rebuilt the single Solex-Marcus carburetor in preparation for sale.
Drive is sent to the front sprockets via a seven-speed transmission and a differential steering system. The gearbox and hubs were reportedly serviced in preparation for sale.
A pair of walk-around and drive videos detailing vehicle functions, operation, and maintenance are presented above and below.
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