This German tank destroyer is the last Marder III variant. Very few of these vehicles survived the war!  This tank destroyer has resided in a museum for the past 40 years! It was produced in 1944 and was manufactured by Bohmen-Marische Mashinenfabriken in Prague. 

For sale: Marder III Ausf. M, for just US $150,000.00 

The tank measures 16.3' long by 8.2' wide and stands 7' tall and weighs in at an impressive 10.5 tons. These units were equipped with 10mm thick armor in the front and back and had a max road speed of approximately 25 MPH.  Generally they were equipped with a 7.5cm PaK 40 L46 anti-tank gun which has been fully demilitarized on this unit.

For sale: Marder III Ausf. M, for just US $150,000.00 

Overall this vehicle is in excellent restored condition.  The restoration was completed prior to the vehicle being displayed and is adequate for its age.  Track and wheels all seem to be complete and the tank rolls as it should.  The engine has been and transmission have been stripped from the unit leaving an empty engine compartment. The cannon has been demilitarized  prior to entering the country.

For sale: Marder III Ausf. M, for just US $150,000.00 

A little bit of history of this tank destroyer.- The last Marder III variant was based on the Geschützwagen 38(t) Ausf. M, a purpose-designed vehicle for self-propelled gun use, again armed with the 75 mm PaK 40 anti-tank gun. Ausf. M was the final variant of the Marder series and was a significant improvement over previous models, with its lower silhouette, sloped armor and much more functional fighting compartment.

Marder III Ausf. M

In this variant, the engine was moved from the rear to the middle between driver and the rest of the crew. Because there was no engine in the rear, the gun and the crew did not have to sit on top of the engine deck as in previous models. The fighting compartment could be lowered down to the bottom floor level where the engine used to be, which decreased crew exposure, as well as visibility. Unlike the previous two Marder IIIs, the fighting compartment was closed at the rear, protecting the crew up to their midsection. It stayed open-topped. It could carry only 27 rounds of ammunition. The machinegun port at the front was eliminated in the Ausf. M in favor of an MG 34 or MG 42 carried by the crew. In the previous two models, the commander served as a gunner. However, in the Ausf. M, the radio man moved to the rear, with the commander and gunner, to serve as a loader. Combat effectiveness increased because the vehicle commander was freed from manning the gun.

Marder III Ausf. M on display at the Musée des Blindés at Saumur

The full name of the Ausf. M was Panzerjäger 38(t) mit 7.5 cm PaK 40/3 Ausf. M, Sd.Kfz. 138. It was the variant that was produced in the largest numbers, with 942 vehicles built in two series from May 1943 to May 1944. 

This tank destroter is bein offered for sale on Ebay (more information). Starting bid: US $150,000.00

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