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IT has had two careful owners, gets about 15 miles to the gallon, can seat 12 and doesn't go fast enough to draw the attention of speed cameras.

The odometer is genuine and rust will be the very least of its new owners' problems.

Just don't attempt to test this second-hand beauty by kicking its tyres or you'll probably fracture a few toes.

This ex-British Army tank, in perfect working order, is being sold by a collector .

Next Monday, it will be the star of the show in Whitegate's St Patrick's Day parade in east Cork.

The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is selling the 1967 FV 432 on DoneDeal.ie. A price has not been specified, but the owner has said he is open to all offers.

Tip-top FV 432s sold off as surplus by the British Army can fetch almost €10,000 on the open market, even before export licenses are secured.

"It's in perfect condition," the owner said. "I was driving it just the other day. She handles really beautifully and is in mint condition.

"It is ex-British Army, but we don't think it was ever used in combat. It would be ideal for someone with a bit of land who loves vehicles or military hardware."

The tank is powered by a Rolls-Royce 6.2 litre diesel engine that comes with an Allison transmission.

And because it is a vintage vehicle, it benefits from an annual road tax price of just €48 – making it cheaper to tax than a Volkswagen Polo or Ford Fiesta.

Unfortunately, it isn't as light on fuel and averages around just 15mpg, depending on the conditions it is being driven in.

But given that it weighs 16 tonnes and can be driven on virtually any surface on the planet, such fuel consumption is not that bad.

Technically classified as an armoured personnel carrier, the FV 432 is one of the most successful military vehicles in European history.


Developed by GKN Sankey in England, it entered production in 1962 and was so successful, modern variants of it are still in service throughout the world.

Almost 3,000 of the vehicles were built before production finally ceased in 1971.

The vehicles in service have been updated and modernised, though the older variants have been sold off.

The British Army ordered upgrading of its most modern FV 432s as recently as 2006, and they are now standard issue for the British Army Reserve forces.

The tanks are easy to operate and re known for reliability.

They have also recently been used as stand-ins for older World War II vehicles in films and TV shows.