1943 / 1944 Centaur Dozer

In 1943 built as a Centaur tank in and converted to a Centaur Dozer in 1944

A unique oppertunity to own a real masterpiece of British WW-II Armour. This 1944 Dozer Tank was initially built as an A27L (Liberty) Centaur Cruiser tank by Leyland Motors. However in 1944 the tank was converted to a dozer. Therefore the turret was removed and a dozer blade was fitted operated by a winch. For the rest the Original design was untouched.

  • Class A restoration!,
  • All track guards and bins are new,
  • Tracks and wheels are in near perfect condition,
  • This example will be delivered with the unique Liberty engine
  • Very unique and only 2 survivors left World Wide from which this is the ONLY running example!
  • Comes complete with radios and intercom, auxiliary generator, tools and lots of really hard to find accessories

This is an opportunity to purchase an extremely rare 2nd WW vehicle.

This very rare Centaur Dozer (the only running example worldwide) has been used by the British forces till the end of the WW-II.

After a long post war service, in which it even participated in the Korean War, this Dozer was released by the British forces in the late sixties.

In 1978 it was discovered by a British Collector at the Pounds Scrapyard in Portsmouth. It’s first restoration was finished in the eighties. Due to the fact that the collector was not satisfied with the result he decided to perform a ground up complete restoration during a nearly 15 years’ timeframe. The Dozer was finished in July 2016 and made his first remarkable public appearance at that years’ War and Peace Revival.
Ground up restoration, all track guards, stowage bins and many other sheet metal parts are new, NOS wartime tracks and road wheels in near perfect condition. This example is equipped with the famous original V12 27 litre (1,649 inch3) Liberty engine built by Nuffield. Comes complete with radios and intercom, auxiliary generator, tools and lots of really hard to find accessories.

British WW-II Historic Armour is a good Investment. We are the opinion that genuine WW-II British armour has been underappreciated in relation to the US built examples during a long time.

We are sure that this is rapidly going to change. Reason for this is that British armour is often technical superior, far more rare and from a technical point much more interesting than US built armour.

If you compare for instance the Liberty V12 with the radial engines as installed in a lot of US built tanks this engine is without any doubt superior the American variants. Also the semi epicyclic gearboxes as installed in later British tanks make them highly manoeuvrable. This Dozer is therefore able to make a neutral turn as demonstrated at the War and Peace Revival (See impression above).

 

Most of all however it is very exciting to own such a homage / tribute and absolutely great fun to drive.

The armoured bulldozer: Is a basic tool of combat engineering. These combat engineering vehicles combine the earth moving capabilities of the bulldozer with armour which protects the vehicle and its operator in or near combat. Most are civilian bulldozers modified by addition of vehicle armour/military equipment, but some are tanks stripped of armament and fitted with a dozer blade. Some tanks have bulldozer blades while retaining their armament, but this does not make them armoured bulldozers as such, because combat remains the primary role and “earth & wreckage” moving is a secondary task.

World War II The first armoured bulldozer was developed by the British during World War II. This was a conventional Caterpillar D8 bulldozer fitted with armour to protect the driver and the engine. The work was carried out by Jack Olding & Company Ltd of Hatfield. The bulldozer was one of several strange armoured vehicles that were collectively referred to as “Hobart’s Funnies” and were operated by the British 79th Armoured Division in support of armoured assaults.

The bulldozers were produced in preparation for the Battle of Normandy with the tasks of clearing the invasion beaches of obstacles and quickly making roads accessible by clearing rubble and filling in bomb craters.

As allied armies advanced through Europe, the armoured bulldozer was found to be too slow and there was a need for well-armoured, obstacle clearing vehicle that was fast enough to keep up with tank formations. This need was met by the Centaur Bulldozer a Centaur tank with the turret removed and a bulldozer blade fitted.

Centaur bulldozers were still in use with the British Army at the time of the Korean War.

Cromwell and Centaur tanks: Tank, Cruiser, Mk VIII, Cromwell (A27M), and the related Centaur (A27L) tank, were one of the most successful series of cruiser tanks fielded by Britain in the Second World War. The tank was the first tank put into service by the British to combine a dual-purpose gun and high speed from the powerful and reliable Meteor or Liberty engine, and reasonable armour, in a balanced package. Its design formed also the basis of the Comet tank from which BAIV currently restores 2 examples.

The Cromwell and Centaur differed in the engine used. While the Centaur had the Liberty engine of the predecessor cruiser tank, the Crusader (and the interim A24 Cavalier) and the Cromwell had the Rolls Royce Meteor. Apart from the engine and associated transmission differences.

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