Three years ago, WWII collector Patrick Nerrant opened the , where he and his two sons showcased his massive collection of tanks and vehicles, many of which actually took part in the liberation of France. Now, with Nerrant heading into retirement, the vehicles are being put up for auction, which means you can bid on war machines that fought on the beaches of Normandy.
The auction is taking place through the on September 18. Take a look at what you can find on the auction block:
If you're in the market for a new truck, none will be as dependable as this Dodge Weapon Carrier. This was the U.S. Army's go-to pickup truck and utility vehicle during the war, and was famed for its reliability and versatility. is fully restored, and comes with a replica M1 Garand in an original leather holster, military duffle bag, camouflage netting, and a chauffeur dummy wearing a suit and an HBT hat to drive you around.
This German-made Flak 88 cannon was built to defend the shores of Normandy from Allied aircraft, and was stationed in defense of a German command center near Cherbourg. It was captured by the Allies during the invasion of Normandy, who planned to repurpose it. However, those plans never materialized, and the cannon remained in Normandy for the remainder of the war. The gun was shuttled between various owners until it was recovered and restored in 2014. This is one of the , which makes it valuable.
The L-4 Grasshopper is the military version of the popular Piper Cub. Grasshoppers were often used by the Allies as light reconnaissance aircraft, and their easy handling and short runway requirements made them extremely popular with pilots. The Grasshopper played a critical role in the liberation of Paris, when, on August 24, Captain Jean Callet and Lieutenant Etienne Mantoux flew the plane low over the city to signal to the Résistants that the Allied forces were en route.
By the way, is flight-worthy, and its technical inspection is up to date.
The M4 is one of the most iconic vehicles of the war. Tens of thousands were built and shipped to Europe; it was the most common tank built during WWII. M4s saw heavy action during the Battle of Normandy, the liberation of France, the North African theater, and in the Pacific. Despite being developed in 1940, it outclassed German- and Japanese-built tanks until very late in the war. Post-WWII, the M4 also saw use in the Korean War and other wars of the 50's and 60's.
This M4 is , with many original parts still in place. The engine is completely new and generates 500 hp.