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Cold War Army tank complete with working cannon on sale for £71,500 on eBay

GUNNING FOR FUN

DRIVERS who want more bang for their buck can pick up an Army armoured vehicle with working cannon on eBay.

The Cold War-era Alvis Saladin, priced at £71,500, comes with an authentic 76mm gun and two functioning Browning machine guns.

The British-made vehicle, powered by an eight-cylinder Rolls-Royce engine, is a rare survivor of 1,200 built between 1958 and 1972.

It was picked up by a US enthusiast and renovated over four years.

Nick Mead, of military vehicle site Tanks-Alot, based in Northampton, said: “The Saladin is a lovely armoured vehicle. I drove one around the country lanes of Kent and they’re great to drive.

"If you get the right firearms licence you can shoot the cannon on a registered range. They make a huge bang.”

The 11.6-ton vehicle runs on petrol and can hit 45mph.

It is road legal in Tennessee, where the seller is based, and would be MoT and tax exempt in Britain.

It is believed to have been used by the Army in Germany during the 1960s and 1970s.

But British buyers beware: they have to obtain the appropriate firearms certificates — and pay the shipping costs.

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