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The Search Continues
The Stuart Tank Fund has been established to raise the necessary funds to purchase, transport, restore, display, insure and maintain the Stuart Tank.
Since its inception in 2004, the Stuart Tank Committee has been in contact with various military collector organizations and searching the internet, including E-Bay, for Berwick-built Stuart tanks. A number of Stuart tank related items have been obtained via E-bay. These items are on display in the Carriage House alongside numerous other Stuart tank related objects donated by local supporters of the Berwick Historical Society. Additionally, through E-bay, we obtained a Continental radial 7-cylinder W670-M9 engine built for the Stuart tank. This engine is in storage awaiting some restoration work.
In 2005, an ACF built M3A1 Stuart Tank became available in Wisconsin. The Tank Committee inspected the tank and verified it was an ACF built Stuart but it was unclear whether it was built at ACF Berwick or one of the few that was built at ACF St. Charles, Missouri. The exterior of the tank had been restored but the interior was empty except for a non-running engine. The asking price was $37,000 but before we could raise the funds another museum arrived with a check.
In 2010 a Berwick M3A1 Stuart in full running condition sold for $185,000 in Massachusetts. Last year another fully restored Berwick built M3A1 was listed for sale in Ohio for $195,000, including two spare engines, spare transmission and numerous other spare parts.
Other Stuart Tanks have sold in that time but they were either not located in the US or not built in Berwick. Currently two non-Berwick M5A1 Stuart Tanks are listed for sale in the US - one in California and one in Hawaii. The asking price is approximately $250,000 each. Note that none of the prices listed here include shipping.
The Stuart Tank Committee has prepared a one-hour program regarding the history of the Stuart Tank and its roots in Berwick. To schedule a presentation for your group or organization contact the Stuart Tank Committee by phone or email.
The Stuart Tank Committee appreciates any help you may be able to provide:
Stuart Tank Fund
c/o Berwick Historical Society
PO Box 301
Berwick, PA 18603-0301
Berwick Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation
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