Lot number 424

M44 155mm

Cosmetically restored/ non-runner/ no powerpack.

Movie: M44 Self Propelled Howitzer 155mm

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Location
Full-Reuenthal, Switzerland
Year of construction
1950-1954
Country of origin
United States of America
Manufacturer
Massey Harris Company
Type
M44 Self Propelled Howitzer 155mm
Estimated price
€ 50.000 - € 75.000
Condition
Cosmetically restored/non-runner
€ 50.000,-
Ex. Vat. Incl. commission

Details

conditions

In need of full restoration but reasonably complete. The M44 is cosmetically restored but currently a non-runner (no powerpack).

Technical details

Manufacturer
Massey Harris Company
Model
M44 Self Propelled Howitzer 155mm
Manufacturing date
1950-1954
Serial number
414
Serial number (gun)
7307020
Length
20 ft 3 in (6,16 m)
Width
10 ft 8 in (3,24 m)
Height
10 ft 2 in (3,11 m)
Weight
63.934 lb (29.000 kg)
Max. speed (land)
35 mph (56 km/h)
Operational range
75 mi (121 km)
Main armament
M114 155mm howitzer.
Secondary armament
M2Hb cal .50 machine gun
Engine
Continental AOS-895-3, 450 hp
Crew
5 (2 loaders, gunner, commander, driver)
Armor
0,47 in (12 mm)
Production numbers
250

History

At the end of World War II, the U.S. Army was well-equipped with self-propelled artillery pieces based on the M4 medium and M24 light tanks. In 1946, the Stillwell Board specified new requirements for future self-propelled artillery which included overhead protection from air bursts, something the wartime designs lacked.

In 1946-47 development of a self-propelled 155-mm howitzer based on the T41 light tank started. The new self-propelled howitzer was designated T99 and it included a fully-enclosed gun mount. The start of the Korean War in June 1950 led to a “crash” program to get the vehicle into production. At the time it entered production in 1951, it was redesignated T99E1. The crash program resulted in many deficiencies in the vehicle including poorly designed fire control equipment and heavy build up of toxic fumes in the enclosed howitzer compartment.

In order to address the problems found during testing, production of the T99E1 ended after 250 vehicles were built. Changes to the T99E1 included a newly designed 155-mm howitzer, elimination of the fighting compartment roof, new ammunition using bagged charges instead of a metal cartridge case and other smaller items. Production restarted in 1953-1954 with the T99E1 being redesignated as the T194. It was later standardized at the 155-mm self-propelled howitzer M44. The original 250 T99E1’s were all rebuilt to M44 standards.

Some vehicles of this type were exported to NATO countries.

Note to buyer

LOCATION

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INSPECTION(S)/ VIEWING DAYS

  • Viewing days are available for this lot:

    Switzerland: April 5 and April 13, 2024, Full-Reuenthal. Check the viewing day page for specific details.

  • 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.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 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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COLLECTION

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  • Listed storage fees excluding 21% VAT.

NOTE

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Shipping Information

After buying a classic military vehicle or other items such as cannons, planes, howitzers and tanks, there are several steps you would typically need to take:

 

  • Legalities

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  • Insurance

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  • Enjoyment

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Ivo Rigter Sr.