We’re not sure about you, but we always thought tanks were cool. Especially if they are tanks small enough for normal roads, like this one: 1972 Alvis Saber, featured by Collecting Cars on YouTube doing some quick shopping.
The 1972 Alvis Saber was based on the Scorpion, which holds the Guinness world record for the fastest production tank, hitting 51 miles per hour (82 kilometers per hour). It is part of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) or CVR(T) class.
The Saber is also a hybrid tank, but it’s not what you think; does not have an electric motor. This tank is a combination of the hull of the FV107 Scimitar but with the turret of the FV721 Fox. It even has a 30mm L21A1 RARDEN cannon, though, disabled for obvious reasons.
Weighing 8,000 kilograms (17,637 pounds), this tank is not a light vehicle even though it is classified as a light tank. Pulling all that weight is the Jaguar J60 inline-six 4.2-litre petrol engine, which is shared with the classic Jaguar E-Type. Yes, this tank has something in common with a coupe that is so elegant.
Sending power to the wheels, err, the track is a David Brown TN15D seven-speed transmission. The gearbox has seven forward and seven reverse gears, allowing the Saber to rotate 360 degrees on the tank shaft and reverse as quickly as it arrives.
Despite its age, this Saber has been mechanically updated, with the latest services involving a comprehensive engine, gearbox, final drives, fans and alternator. The suspension has also been reset to the correct height, while all oil and filters have also been replaced.
Better yet, this 1972 Alvis Saber is now up for grabs Collecting Cars. The current bid is £16,250 (approximately $19,222). If you’re interested, you’ll be happy to know that this tank is small enough to fit a 20-foot garage or shipping container.