Lot number 426

Comet A34 Mk1 Model A 'Celerity'

Manufactured by Leyland Motors Ltd as Comet A34 Mk1 Model A Cruiser Tank.

This Comet was fully restored (Class A) by BAIV between 2015 and 2016. The tank is still in very good condition and is very original (uncut armor). It comes with many small original details (gauges, bolts and nuts, engine, gearbox etc.). It is in good running order and ready to take part in events or to take it for a spin around your property.

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Location
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Year of construction
December 1944
Country of origin
United Kingdom
Manufacturer
Leyland Motors, Royal Ordnance Factories, Royal Arsenal and Vickers
Type
A34, Mk I, Model A
Estimated price
€ 350.000 - € 395.000
Condition
good condition / runner / Class A restored by BAIV BV in June 2017
€ 335.000,-
Ex. Vat. Incl. commission

Details

conditions

This Comet was fully restored (Class A) by BAIV between 2015 and 2016 (over 6.000 hours). The tank is still in very good condition and is very original (uncut armor). It comes with many small original details (gauges, bolts and nuts, engine, gearbox etc.)

  • Class A restored by BAIV, full restoration documentation avaialble;

  • In nice running condition. Has been running and driving in March 2024;

  • Batteries are bad need to be replaced, but can be slave started;

  • Has some small coolant fluid leaks;

  • Left steering stick needs seal replacment;

  • Original gun, breech has been cut and a hole in the gun tube;

  • Can be sold in the USA without restrictions. In case of export an export license must be applied for.

Technical details

Manufacturer
Leyland Motors, Royal Ordnance Factories, Royal Arsenal and Vickers
Model
A34, Mk I, Model A
Manufacturing date
December 1944
Serial number
T335335
Length
25 ft (7,66 m)
Width
10 ft (3,04 m)
Height
8 ft (2,67 m)
Weight
68.343 lb (34.200 kg)
Max. speed (land)
32 mph (51 km/h)
Operational range
124 mi (198 km)
Main armament
Ordnance QF 17 pdr. (76,2 mm)
Secondary armament
2x 7,92 BESA machine guns. Not included.
Engine
Rolls-Royce Meteor Mk III V-12, gasoline, 600 hp
Crew
5 (commander, gunner, loader/ operator, driver, hull gunner)
Armor
0,55 – 4 in (14 – 102 mm)
Production numbers
1186

History

The British Comet was essentially an upgraded Cromwell tank. In 1943, it was realized that a new British tank was needed that had a high-velocity gun that could take on and knock out the new Panther and Tiger tanks, but was also fast and had a low profile. The Churchill tank had good armor but was slow and had a weak gun. The Sherman tank was tall. The Cromwell tank was fast and low but its turret could not take a larger gun.
The A43 Centurion tank was under development but it would not be ready until 1945. The British Army needed a stop-gap tank that could quickly be introduced into production. The answer was to fit a new up-armored turret with a high-velocity 77 mm (3.03 in) gun onto late version modified Cromwell chassis. It was called the A.34 Cruiser Tank Comet Mark I Type A.


Design work started in May 1943. The Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company was the design parent of the British Cromwell Tank and the A.34 Cruiser Tank Comet. Other companies were involved in the construction of this AFV, the biggest being English Electric, Fowlers, Leyland and Metropolitan-Cammell.
The British tank designers had used the Christie suspension system on most of their cruiser tanks used in action during World War Two. The Comet tank was the last to use this system. It gave a fast and smooth ride compared to other tank suspension systems.
Production was dispersed around Britain because of the threat of German bombing. Orders for 3,000 Comet tanks were issued and they were to use chassis numbers in the range T334901 to T337900. The end of the war resulted in the early cancellation of part of this order. Only 1,186 were produced. Only 26 were recorded as lost in action during WW2. Not all Comet tanks used the same components. They were built at different factories around Britain with separate supply chains. Some underwent battlefield modifications.


The British A.34 Cruiser Tank Comet Mk.I Type A was used in North West Europe during 1945. After the war, Comet tanks were deployed to the Canal Zone in Egypt and amongst those which were keeping the peace in Palestine. By 1949 Comets were starting to be replaced by Centurion tanks. Comets remained in regular British Army Service in Berlin until 1957 and British Hong Kong until 1959.

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INSPECTION(S)/ VIEWING DAYS

  • Inspections (viewing days) are on:

    • USA: Friday April 5, Saturday April 6 and Friday April 19, 2024.

  • Given the fact that these are often very special items whose condition, no matter how hard we try, cannot always be described 100% completely, we really recommend that you make use of this.

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  • Bidding Open: Friday April 19 2024 00:00 CET (Dutch American Friendship Day),

  • Bidding Ends:

    • Saturday April 20 2024 (Part 1 vehicles)

TIMES

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  • London: 05:00 PM (17:00)

  • New York USA: 12:00 AM (12:00)

  • Sydney AUS: 04:00 AM (04:00),next day

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    • Cars and motorcycles: € 50,- / lot / week.

    • Armored vehicles, tanks, cannons etc. € 75,- / lot / week.

  • Listed storage fees excluding 21% VAT.

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