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UNIQUE ID 297: LEOPARD TANK

(Model: Group A Prototypes)

The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Britain

(Location: Tank Story Hall)


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Unique ID: 297
Added to Database: July 2008
Last Edited: 20 March 2012
Type (ID): Leopard (400)
Model (ID): Group A Prototypes (680)
Location Category (ID): The Tank Museum - Public Areas (3000)
Location (ID): Tank Story Hall (3004)
Serial Number: J03.
Registration: “Y-209859” (German) painted on glacis. Also “02 SP 60” (British).
Name:
Other Identification: “7218” painted on front right mud flap. “L03” painted on glacis plate. Standard unit code number “91872110”. German crosses painted on hull sides.
Collection Reference: E1970.250. (Accession 25070, Entry 1970.1020).
Links: Museum Vehicle Record
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Location History:
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1: Porsche AG, Stuttgart (Prime contractor - multiple manufacturers)
2: Directorate of Tank Design, Chertsey, Surrey, South East England, Britain (1965/6 - 1970)
3: The Tank Museum - Public Areas, Bovington, Dorset, South West England, Britain (Current location)


This Leopard has the registration numbers Y-209859 (German) and 02SP60 (British experimental), and the serial number J03. It also has the standard unit code number 91872110, and carries the number 7218. It is a Series III vehicle and was one of two vehicles acquired by the MVEE, Chobham Lane, Chertsey, Surrey, in 1965/66. This was in exchange for two Chieftains at a time when the Dutch were undertaking MBT trials. It arrived at the museum in June 1970. It is believed that it was borrowed at some point by Royal Ordnance to prove a retro-fit conversion of the 105mm gun (source: J. Harris). The other Leopard is reputed to have gone as a hard target to a firing range after testing, but it is likely to be the one on display at the RMCS, Shrivenham.

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The Leopard at Bovington
1: The Leopard at Bovington

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Contributor: T. Larkum
Photo ID: 233
Added: 4 July 2008
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