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Government Surplus Military Vehicle Auctions

The information in this Olive-Drab.com section will help you understand the U.S. Government system for auctioning surplus goods, especially military vehicles. You will find the exact guidance you need to find what you want, get started bidding, winning, and receiving your surplus treasures.

You will also find warnings of the problems and pitfalls, along with pointers on what to do and where to get good advice.

M-35A2 For Sale at US Government auction
Kaiser Jeep Corp. Model M-35A2 Cargo Truck, on sale at Ft. Gillem, Forrest Park, GA by Government Liquidation.com, February 2005.

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U.S. Government Military Surplus Vehicle Auctions

Wrecked and cannibalized Kaiser Jeep Corp. Model M-35A2 Cargo Truck For Sale at U.S. Government auction, Ft. Lewis, WA

Government surplus military vehicles are just waiting for you to pick up cheap, right? Not quite. The main impression to take away from this section is that the government surplus auctions are a wonderful source of military vehicles, equipment and gear of all types but it is not necessarily cheap or easy to get. As usual, there is no magic, no fabulous secrets, and certainly no free lunch. There are risks and not every vehicle is a prize, like the M-35A2 on the left that was on sale at Ft. Lewis, WA.

The information here is primarily written regarding military vehicles as the target of interest, but everything pretty much applies to other types of goods available as well. If you want to buy sleeping bags or a boat, you can follow the same procedures and pointers as if you were looking to buy a truck.

Government Surplus Military Vehicle Auctions Guide

Before you think about bidding on a U.S. Government auction, there are many things you need to know. These sections will not only tell you where to go and how to find trucks, trailers, and other vehicles or equipment, they will also arm you with practical advice drawn from the experiences of Olive-Drab.com and our contributors.

M-1009 For Sale by Government Liquidation at  Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA
Event Id 1331, Lot Number 5, closed 11 February 2005. Described as "1985 CHEVROLET MDL M1009 BLAZER, 3/4 TON, 4 X 4, V-8 DIESEL, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. ODOMETER INDICATES 81, 891 MILES. BUYER MUST LOAD. THIS VEHICLE STARTS AND RUNS". For Sale by Government Liquidation.com at Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA.

Be sure to take the advice seriously. Just because a truck looks good in a photo, doesn't mean you can buy it, hop in and drive home. Far from it. Get yourself prepared for the reality of these sales or take advantage of alternatives like dealers who will take on many of the risks for you (at a higher price, of course).

These sections answer all the common questions and will inform you of many things you probably never thought of if this is new to you. Follow up on the links and other sources to go more in depth.


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M-4A1 E13-13 Sherman medium tank with flamethrower, located behind the NCO Academy, 2400 Jackson Blvd, Ft. Jackson, SC, circa 2008.  The M-4A1 E13-13 is an early M-4A1 Sherman with the 75mm canon removed and the flame thrower mounted in its place. There is no loader, so the crew is cut to four men. The loader's position and most of the turret interior is occupied by pressure and fuel tanks for the flame gun. Since the flame gun is considerably smaller than the 75mm cannon normally mounted, an armored jacket resembling the cannon was built around it to hide the actual armament. All other aspects of the tank, such as engine, speed and machine guns remain the same as a standard M4A1 Sherman. The tank carried 285 gallons of flame fuel, which allowed 60-70 seconds of flame gun use, normally in two-to-five second bursts at a range from 150-250 yards.
Army personnel man an M-1A1 Abrams main battle tank camouflaged with netting during Operation Desert Storm.
M-809 Series 5-ton, 6x6 trucks parked on the dock after being offloaded from the Military Sealift Command vehicle cargo ship USNS CYGNUS (T-AKR 113), Rotterdam, Netherlands, 14 September 1983. The vehicles will be used in support of Exercise REFORGER 83.
M-65 280mm Nuclear Field Artillery with tractors and supporting vehicles, Germany 1958. Photo Copyright © Ivan Baker,  used with permission.
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M60A3 Patton tank.

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