Rare sale of 200 WWII-era military vehicles offers tanks for the memories | Motoramic – Yahoo Autos

Jacques Mequet Littlefied did not live an exceptionally long life, dying of cancer in 2009 at age 59. But the independently wealthy San Francisco Bay Area collector did live a wonderfully eclectic life, amassing over some four decades one of the world’s biggest collections of rolling armor. Yup, tanks. And a few other related things, including SCUD missiles, amphibious personnel carriers and anti-tank guns.

It is safe to say that not outside of an actual war is one likely to find anything quite like The Littlefield Collection, 280 largely restored relics from a range of armed conflicts. While 80 of Littlefield’s prized items are destined for The Collings Foundation in Stow, Mass., a museum dedicated to the preservation of such fare, 200 lots go under Auctions America’s hammer July 11-12 at Littlefield’s former home-cum-museum in Portola Valley, Calif., just south of San Francisco.

via Rare sale of 200 WWII-era military vehicles offers tanks for the memories | Motoramic – Yahoo Autos.

So… who wants to go in on a tank?

6 thoughts on “Rare sale of 200 WWII-era military vehicles offers tanks for the memories | Motoramic – Yahoo Autos”

  1. They’re in great shape. I had a chance to go the museum since it’s not far from me. Bummed that they couldn’t keep the collection here. It was one of the best secrets in the area that spawned a bunch of rumors (e.g. That there was a militia group stockpiling tanks in Silicon Valley).

    My cousin had told me about it years before I went. He was a deputy sheriff and had been searching for a missing kid when he and his partner went over a hill and lo and behold saw two lines of tanks. Said they weren’t sure whether to call for the National Guard or what so they walked down and saw a guy who turned out to be Littlefield who explained his little hobby to them (which made my cousin feel a whole lot better). When he found out what they were doing, he called in caterers and set up to help support their search. They found the kid later.

  2. would love to get my hands on a Panzer I or II. I might be able to contribute about 0.000001% to one.

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