Lot number 422

Stuart M3A1 Hybrid

We are happy to have this 1942 Stuart M3A1 Hybrid in our auction. This mid production M3 is fitted with late M3A1 turret, though without turret basket and manual azimuth traverse.

 With its distinctive silhouette and historical significance, it's a true collector's item. This particular model is equipped with a new refurbished Continental W-670-9A. This Stuart is in running condition and drives and steers well.


Restoration: BAIV can assist you in restoring this tank to its original state or adapting it to your specific preferences. Please contact us for more information.
Special offer: Attending the Normandy 80th anniversary with your newly acquired Stuart can be arranged by BAIV Events. Please contact us for more details and conditions.

Movie: Stuart M3A1 Hybrid

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Location
Nederweert, The Netherlands
Year of construction
June 1942
Country of origin
United States of America
Manufacturer
Berwick plant of the Car and Foundry Company
Type
M3A1 Hybrid
Estimated price
€ 260.000 - € 300.000
Condition
Older restoration / very good runner
€ 299,-
Ex. Vat. Incl. commission

Details

conditions

Some 20 years ago I found the tank in a “museum” of sorts north of London, more like a dump, but it was running. Via the War and Peace show I took delivery and shipped it back to the Netherlands.


The Stuart offered for auction is a M3A1 Hybrid and therefore likely a mid production M3. I has a late M3A1 turret without a basket. Also a manual azimure traverse and other interior fittings characteristic to a Hybrid. The round armor on the rear of the tank comes originally from a M3A1.

This particular model is in January 2024 equipped with a new refurbished Continental W-670-9A radial engine (carried out by BAIV). This Stuart is in running condition and drives and steers well.

Some bits and pieces are missing but it won’t take much effort to restore this tank back to its original condition.

This tank comes also with additional (spare) parts:

  • New (but rusty) steel tracks, French army

  • 6 Veloute springs fitting Stuart (original for halftrack)

  • Big collection of manuals for M3A1

  • Breech guard

  • 1 Bogie wheel assembly, 2 spare rubber “tires” 

  • 1 Idler wheel assembly

  • Take out breech and gun parts

Technical details

Manufacturer
Berwick plant of the Car and Foundry Company
Model
M3A1 Hybrid
Manufacturing date
June 1942
Road registration (Dutch)
T-49-BXZ
Serial number
5603
Length
14 ft 2 in (4,33 m)
Width
7 ft 4 in (2,23 m)
Height
7 ft 9 in (2,35 m)
Weight
27.998 lb (12.700 kg)
Max. speed (land)
36 mph (58 k/h)
Operational range
74,5 mi (120 km)
Main armament
37 mm M5 gun
Secondary armament
1x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun (anti-aircraft) and 2x 7.62 mm Browning machine guns (coaxial and hull).
Engine
Continental W-670-9A 262 hp
Crew
4 (commander, gunner/loader, driver, co-driver/hull gunner)
Production numbers
A total of 4.621 Stuart M3A1 tanks were manufactured but only a small batch where M3 Hybrids.
Armor
0,52 – 2 in (13 – 51 mm)

History

The first prototype was developed in July 1940 and it was adopted by the American army which launched production of the M3 tank in March 1941. The main modifications compared to the M2 light tank reside in the fact that the M3 Stuart has much greater shielding. Late production M3s were fitted with turret developed for M3A1, though without turret basket. These tanks were dubbed “Stuart Hybrid”.
The M3 saw service with American forces in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded in December 1941. Feedback from these actions led to improvements incorporated in the M3A1, which began production in May 1942.

In June 1942 a batch of 7 Stuart M3A1 were produced in Berwick plant of the Car and Foundry Company, among them was Stuart 5603. This was the second batch of M3A1’s and many parts were still missing, or hand produced. It is interesting to find a handwritten note on one of the fuel tanks with the production number, so these parts were handmade most likely.

Ready or not, the tank was rushed to the UK as part of the land lease agreement. No hydraulics for traversing the turret or stabilizing the gun were present, turret basket was missing and many parts were really M3, not the improved M3A1.

The British were not amused, how to fight in a tank like this, turret rotating with a small hand crank, not the big wheel from the M3 but only the backup for the hydraulic system, but with missing hydraulics. Interestingly The British thought it could serve well in Australia, where the tank served during the war. At time of decommissioning the tank was sent back to the UK, probably to honor the land lease agreement.

Although poorly suited to tank warfare in Europe, the Stuart tank proved effective in the Pacific. In New Guinea and the Solomons, the Stuart served in an infantry support role. Although the 37mm gun was not ideal, the small Stuart was much more practical for jungle warfare than the much larger and heavier Sherman that replaced it in late 1943. The M3A1 also saw service with American forces during the North African Campaign.

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INSPECTION(S)/ VIEWING DAYS

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    The Netherlands: April 13, Nederweert. Check the viewing day page for specific details.

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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

  • Amsterdam NL (CET): 06:00 PM (18:00)

  • 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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