Unique opportunity for British tank owners, Engine collectors but also for the Merlin enthusiast
April 2nd 2017: Text corrected with many thanks to Les Twitchen, former Centurion AVRE crew in the Gulf War:
BAIV recently discovered a limited quantity of brand new factory overhauled Rolls Royce V12 Meteor tank engines in their original unopened crates. An absolute unique find!
The history of these specific engines is amazing. The Meteor, which was developed from the Rolls Royce Merlin Engine, was in production from 1943 till 1964 by Rolls Royce and Rover. This engine was used in many British tanks such as the Cromwell, Centaur, Challenger, Avenger, Comet, Centurion, Tortoise and Conqueror tanks.
In the early nineties, at the start of the Iraq War (Desert Storm) the British Army realized that for their Challenger tanks they had no sufficient recovery power. Therefore the British Army decided to get the almost retired Centurion AVR (Armoured Recovery Vehicle) out of their reserve and to use them in this heavy environment. Also the Centurion AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) was used in its intended role and used its 165 mm gun to blast through the Iraqi sand banks so that allied armour could enter Kuwait.
Consequently the MOD placed an order for the fully rebuilt of a batch of Meteor Mk IVB engines. The order was executed by the 27 District Workshop DSG Warminster. Parts were delivered from Jersey and Scottish Aviation. Investment in these days was almost £ 92K per engine! Most of the engines were rebuilt to full standard specification. Delivery was performed in the period 1991-1993. The Centurion proved to be very successful. However the major operations in Iraq were almost over at the time the engines were delivered. So most of the engines were transported straight into the MOD Warehouse.
The 27 litre Meteor engine, Mk IV: 600-650 bhp, 1450 lb/ft, bore 5,4 inch and stroke 6 inch was without any doubt the first British tank engine that supplied tanks with reliable power. An absolute masterpiece of engineering also!
The engines BAIV currently is offering are fully rebuilt to factory most COMPLETE STD. specifications! Always stored dry and inside according military specifications. Therefore a real treasure. Note: this Engine can also be an ideal and relatively cheap basis for rebuilding your Rolls Royce Merlin aero engine!
Only a limited quantity available: Fixed price £ 9.885,- excluding VAT, ex our warehouse in Lancashire UK.
We can ship worldwide.
If you have any questions please ask BAIV BV, Maarheeze, The Netherlands; phone: +31 6.518 22.502 ; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org