Lot number 428

IS-3 'Pike' 1945

This 102,500 lbs. tank with its 122mm gun is without a doubt exceptional. The tank definitely needs some work but the Kharkiv model V-2 V12 diesel is still running, and the tank is rolling. An exceptional beast to own!

Movie: IS-3 Heavy tank 1945 Russian

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Location
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Year of construction
1945
Country of origin
Russia
Manufacturer
Factory No.100 Kirovskiy Works
Type
Object 703
Estimated price
€ 295.000 - € 325.000
Condition
Older restoration/ runner
€ 300.000,-
Ex. Vat. Incl. commission

Details

conditions

Original 1945 tank, IS-3 serial 703-7915805b; is an older restoration and stood some time still but has been made running in March 2024.

  • Older Restoration;

  • Engine worn out but running, need overhaul;

  • Clutch/Steering clutch requires maintenance;

  • No Batteries installed can be started on seperate batteries;

  • Air starting system does not work due to missing parts;

  • Only 1st and reserve tested;

  • Missing turret traverse system (turret turns freely) and some internal bits;

  • Gun Elevation system work manual;

  • Breech welded shut and barrel has been plugged;

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

Technical details

Manufacturer
Factory No.100 Kirovskiy Works
Model
Object 703
Manufacturing date
1945
Serial number
703-7915805b
Length
23 ft 3 in (9,85 m)
Width
10 ft 11 in (3,09 m)
Height
8 ft 10 in (2,45 m)
Weight
100.751 lb (45.700 kg)
Max. speed (land)
24,8 mph (40 km/h)
Operational range
93 mi (150 km)
Main armament
122 mm D25T gun
Secondary armament
1x cal .50 DshK AA machine gun, 1 or 2 cal 0.30 machine guns
Engine
V-2-1S diesel V12, 600 bhp
Crew
4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)
Armor
2,34 – 6,82 in (60 – 175 mm)
Production numbers
2311

History

The IS-3’s armor was highly complex for the time, incorporating many angles that greatly improved effective thickness and the chances of ricochets. One of the IS-3’s most distinguishing features was its semi-hemispherical cast turret and would become a standard feature on Soviet tanks from that point on. Another unique feature of the IS-3 was the distinctive pointed nose, giving its nickname Shchuka (Pike).

There are reports of pre-series models being involved in combat after the German surrender and limited action against Japan during the last days of the war. However, the first public demonstration of the IS-3 came on the 7th of September 1945, at the Allied victory parade in Berlin. Its appearance caused major alarm for the West as the tank was much better protected and armed than any tanks in Western arsenals at that time!

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INSPECTION(S)/ VIEWING DAYS

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    • 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)

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