Why preserve military heritage?

The preservation of military heritage is vital for several reasons. For one, a wealth of cultural information hides inside the war material. It narrates the progress of technology over the decades, the various war strategies of countries and armies and the daily life of fighters on the front line.

For some, preserving military equipment means preserving a memory of time spent in the military, personally or by a family member. For others, it guides a way deeper into the past and creates rich imagery of what happened.

Together with trade partner BAIV, TracksandTrade contributes to preserving military equipment by buying, renovating and selling vehicles to interested parties and museums.

The preservation of military heritage is vital for several reasons. For one, a wealth of cultural information hides inside the war material. It narrates the progress of technology over the decades, the various war strategies of countries and armies and the daily life of fighters on the front line.

For some, preserving military equipment means preserving a memory of time spent in the military, personally or by a family member. For others, it guides a way deeper into the past and creates rich imagery of what happened.

Together with trade partner BAIV, TracksandTrade contributes to preserving military equipment by buying, renovating and selling vehicles to interested parties and museums.

Renovating vehicles: a job of precision and craftmanship

Military vehicles have a high net value. Rarity is a fundamental reason for these elevated price levels. However, you should also not underestimate the investment it takes to renovate damaged wrecks into fully restored, functional vehicles. Restoring a US Sherman tank takes 5,000 to 7,000 hours. Its German, more heavily damaged counterpart will take 15,000 to 20,000 hours.

When restoring military equipment, a lot of effort is put into the mechanical side of the process. Where in the past it was still possible to find relatively nice projects, this has become increasingly difficult in recent decades.

Innovation is therefore the future! However still being a traditional restoration company, we have substantially invested in engineering capacity and in our facility. In recent years, based on historical knowledge, more and more modern 3D technology has been converted into designs for reproduction according to the original specifications.
A wonderful challenge for as well the mechanic as the engineer, but also a unique opportunity to preserve Military Cultural Heritage also in the upcoming decades.

Investing in military goods

The community that collects Classic Military Vehicles (CMVs) is rapidly growing. In the late sixties and early seventies, the first military vehicle associations were formed in Western Europe. In these early years, collectors faced grave resistance in popular media. Amidst protests against war and the army as an institute, collecting military vehicles as a hobby was more than frowned upon. In the nineties, the dedication to vehicle-related heritage grew when countries behind the former ‘iron curtain’ began participating in the restoration and collection. Now, owning CMVs is commonly accepted from a cultural and historical perspective.

When it comes to the price, originality or the quality level of the restoration is always of decisive importance. The market is enormous and investing in a well kept and historically correct vehicle is very interesting. Prices increase by around 5 to 15% annually. For scarce items, this number might well be even higher.

TracksandTrade invites ‘Rolling Military Heritage’ experts to evaluate the state of a vehicle and estimate its worth.

Owning a military vehicle

Buying a CMV can be a complex process: permits, paperwork and transport. Together with our partner BAIV BV, we guide you through it in a one-stop customer experience.

TracksandTrade as a one-stop shop

In short, TracksandTrade is a one-stop-shop for the sale, restoration and transportation of classic military vehicles. We make historic armoured military vehicles’ trade and sales process easier for sellers and buyers. This way, investing in military heritage becomes a safer and easier proposition for those involved. In addition, we like to share our passion for military history by telling more about the vehicles at exhibitions throughout Europe.