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UNIQUE ID 1071: L3/38 TANKETTE

Temeroli Collection, San Marino, Italy

(Location: Temeroli Collection)


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Unique ID: 1071
Added to Database: December 2009
Last Edited: December 2009
Type (ID): Carro Veloce L3 (5100)
Model (ID): L3/38 (5130)
Location Category (ID): Temeroli Collection (5955)
Location (ID): Temeroli Collection (5955)
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 2451” painted on rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted in a three colour camouflage scheme of overall green with brown and black spots.
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Location History:
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1: Fiat Ansaldo Company, Genova, Province of Genova, Liguria, Italy (Manufacturer)
2: Temeroli Collection, San Marino, Castello della San Marino, San Marino, Italy (Current location)


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This L3 has been beautifully restored and is in running order. It was recovered in Corsica, where it had been used as a tractor on a farm. The restoration began in 2000 and took 15 months of work to complete. (Source: M. Foti).
Temeroli originally learned of this L3 during a telephone conversation in September 2000. Having determined that the report was genuine, and after a long sequence of negotiations by email, he travelled to Ajaccio in Corsica. There he first saw it, in a fenced enclosure surrounded by other rusty vehicles, converted to pull a plough. The rubber on its wheels was worn down, the armour was holed, and the engine was missing. The differential and transmission were encased in oil, sand and dirt. With some hesitation it was retrieved, and transported back to the mainland via Bastia.
After assessment and planning the restoration began with complete dismantling. The hull was stripped and sandblasted, then welded and rebuilt. The differential, including clutch and gearbox, was dismantled. It was found that the gears were in good condition, but the bearings were poor and so replacements were found. The engine was also replaced, and eventually the meticulous restoration was completed. Since then this L3 has been displayed at a number of historical and re-enactment events in the Rimini area.


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September 2004

Front right view (taken at Parco Tematico dell
1: Front right view (taken at Parco Tematico dell'Aviazione...

Taken: September 2004
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2214
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Front left view (taken at Parco Tematico dell
2: Front left view (taken at Parco Tematico dell'Aviazione,...

Taken: September 2004
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2215
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Rear right view (taken at Parco Tematico dell
3: Rear right view (taken at Parco Tematico dell'Aviazione,...

Taken: September 2004
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2216
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Rear right view, on transport trailer (taken at Parco Tematico dell
4: Rear right view, on transport trailer (taken at Parco Te...

Taken: September 2004
Contributor: S. Scarletti
Photo ID: 2217
Added: 3 December 2009
Filename: Scan020_...
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