It was a struggle, but it’s gone.
The Centurion tank purchased for $69,000 during the Cowra War, Rail and Rural Museum auction has been picked up by its winning bidder.
Jimmy Lou and his son Lincoln could barely contain themselves on Monday afternoon while watching Cowra excavator and earthmover John Ross orchestrate a careful process from his bulldozer, eventually getting the 50-tonne tank away from its site at the former Cowra War Museum.
It’s understood the process took more than four hours.
New owner Lincoln Lou, who also purchased the Ferret 1954, six-cylinder Rolls-Royce military vehicle for $25,000, said the plan is to get the tank restored and “back to its glory days” at a family property near Tamworth.
“It will go there and be something to admire. As well as that we’re going to get it running so pretty much it’s going to live out its glory days,” Lincoln Lou said.
“We’ll take it for joys rides when we have mates over. How many people can say my mate has a tank. You know it’s one of those things that’s pretty unique.”
Lincoln and Jimmy were made aware of the auction by the sheer amount of media attention the sale gathered prior to the weekend of the auction on March 31 to April 2. “We’ve always wanted to own a piece of history. It [the auction] was plastered all through the media so we couldn’t really miss it. I guess that’s how we ended up here today,” Lincoln said.
“It still feels like the honeymoon period.”
He wasn’t surprised in it being such a grueling task for those trying to move the tank on Monday afternoon.
“We would have loved for it to be a swift process but it was never going to be,” he said. Jimmy and Lincoln had a low loader organised to carry the tank to its new destination.
What we know about the tank-
- Steel tank used by the Australian Army from 1952 to 1977.
- The Australian Army bought more than 100 off the British in 1952.
- They went to Vietnam in 1968 till about 1971.
- This one may or may not have served in Vietnam.
- Weigh about 50-tonnes.
- Main gun is a 20-pounder gun. It also has three machine guns, one 50-caliber machine gun and two 30-caliber machine guns.
- Engine is a V12 Rolls Royce petrol engine, 27 litres capacity.
- Five speed manual gear box.
- Running, it would use about one litre of petrol every 100 metres.
- Crew of four - a driver, two gunners and a person called a loader/operator.
- Top moving speed of 20 miles an hour.