SN F3961. The vehicle being offered, M59 armored personnel carrier, serial number F3961, was built by FMC in May 1958. The wheels and tracks are in very good condition. Vehicle recently had new rods installed in both engines as well as brand new OEM carburetors. The vehicle runs great. The interior is complete with the passenger bench seats in very good condition. The driver's seat and instruments are complete and function normally. A U.S. Army placard in the driver's compartment indicates that the vehicle had been overhauled at the Pueblo Army Depot in September 1962. The commander's cupola rotates and the gun mounts elevate and depress normally. The padding around the commander's cupola will need replacement. Accompanied by a non-firing M-2 display machine gun and 2 commander/gunner sights. A radio and pioneer tools are included. This vehicle recently had both engines serviced. New carburetors and push rods were installed. Vehicle runs great. There are not many left, and this is the only one I know that runs in the U.S. History: The M75 APC of 1952, based upon M41 Walker Bulldog components, proved to be excessively expensive and heavy. The Army wanted something better, so FMC was awarded the contract in 1953. The requirements were less cost, be amphibious and preferably have a lower profile. M59 achieved all these requirements. Unfortunately, it achieved them by cutting corners. Instead of a single, powerful engine, the M59 was equipped with two smaller truck engines, with the accompanying problems of getting the two to work together. It was slower than the requirement and as a result, the armor was cut to the bare minimum. Still, for the lesser price, the vehicle provided theoretically greater capability. It could even serve as a ferry: with the rear seats folded up, the M59 could carry a Jeep or similar sized cargo. In total, some 6,300 vehicles were built before it was replaced in production by the vastly superior M113. SIZE: Weight: 21.3-tons (19,300-kg). Length: 18' 4' (5.61-m). Width: 10' 8" (3.26-m). Height: 9'1" (2.77-m). Crew: 2 + 10. Engine: 2 x 6-cylinder inline petrol, 146-hp each. Power/weight: 13.7-hp/ton. Fuel Capacity: 135-USG (511-l). Range: 120-miles (190-km). Speed: 32-mph (51-km/h)
PROVENANCE: Ex. Jacques Littlefield Collection.
Bidder is responsible for arranging shipping. Due to the winter months, I will store vehicle up to 90 day free of charge. After 90 days there will be a $400 monthly storage fee. Wire transfer or certified check should be received within 7 days of sale ending.
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