The very last operational Centurion MK 7 bridge layer is the only tank left in the world of its kind that is completely running and operational and it’s going up in an online auction situated on the Gold Coast this Wednesday.
“We feel honoured to be able to auction such a unique piece of history featuring one of the rarest army tanks not only in Australia but the world and we feel responsibility in passing down its history to the next custodians,” said Mr Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions.
“These tanks have been preserved and cherished by the current custodian and they will be remembered forever by their stories that will live on and be told for many generations to come,” Mr Hames continued.
These tanks are currently owned by a passionate Gold Coast local, where he currently operates rides for the public, and can learn about Australian War history first-hand in person.
“They changed my life, 10 years ago if you had of said to me that I was going to have a business with 25 tanks, I would have laughed and said you were crazy, but it’s the way that is gone and it’s given me a lot more than I have ever expected,” said the current custodian of the tanks.
These vehicles are extremely unique, and represent a timepiece in history, each with their own serial numbers and ARNs that are stamped around the vehicles.
“The war memorial has records of these vehicles and the ARN has stayed with the vehicles and the tanks for its life. You can search the ARN and see that particular tank where it went to and at a particular time,” continued the current custodian.
“I hopes that these machines will be enjoyed by the next custodians, and that they will simply have fun with them and look after them,” he continued.
Bidding is open now online and will close on Wednesday 16th June 2021 at 7:00pm.