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REVOLUTIONIZE SUBURBAN STATUS: Own a Piece of Military History with the 1976 Leopard 1A5 Battle Tank!

Written by Nicole Ellan James


Drive through any neighborhood in American suburbia and you will likely see a plethora of boats parked in driveways, RVs tucked within side yards and shiny new-model cars gleaming in garages. We know what you’re thinking: How are you not only going to keep up with, but surpass, the Joneses?

You’re sure to be the envy of all with a 1976 Oto Melara Leopard 1A5 Battle Tank sitting on your property. The fully refurbished and operational tank is offered with No Reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s 2024 Palm Beach Auction, to be held April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

That history buff with the new Porsche down the street will flip when he learns your new Kampfpanzer Leopard 1 tank was designed by Porsche and manufactured by Krauss-Maffei in West Germany. The design for the tank began as a collaborative project during the 1950s between West Germany and France, and later joined by Italy, but the partnership ended shortly thereafter. The final tank design was ordered by the Bundeswehr, armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, with full-scale production starting in 1965 and the tank entering service that same year.

What made the design so popular among the armed forces of the world was that it focused on effective firepower and mobility instead of heavy protection. As a result, the tank features moderate armor that is really only effective against low-caliber autocannons and heavy machine guns. The lack of hard-core armor means it isn’t as heavy as other fortified tanks, so it has a high power-to-weight ratio ‒ meaning you can probably outrun any other tanks you happen to come across while traversing the backwoods or bayous in your part of the country. This, coupled with a modern suspension and drivetrain, gave the Leopard superior mobility and cross-country performance compared to most other main battle tanks of the era, only being rivaled by the French AMX-30 and Swedish Strv 103. Rest assured, it’s unlikely anyone in your neighborhood would have one of those.

The most eye-catching and impressive part of the tank is the main gun, a German license-built version of the British Royal Ordnance L7 105mm rifled gun, which has been deactivated to ATF specs.

Any gearhead within a 5-mile radius of your house is going to want to know what’s “under the hood,” so to speak. The tank is powered by an MTU MB 838 Ca-M500 turbocharged diesel engine rated with approximately 820 horsepower, or 610 kilowatts, at 2,200 rpms. The 37.4-liter 10 cylinder 4-stroke engine has a V-90 configuration and is liquid-cooled. It is also tuned with a multi-fuel capability, but typically runs on diesel fuel (NATO designation F-54), consuming approximately 190 liters per 100 kilometers which is a little over one mile per gallon.

The engine is backed by a PowerPack with a ZF 4HP-250 transmission system, which has a hydraulic torque converter, locking clutch, planetary gearbox and pivot turn mechanism (for each of the gears). In the event you ever need to swap out the powerpack and transmission, it can easily be done in about 20 minutes because it is mated to the hull with quick-disconnect couplings.

In total, 6,485 Leopard tanks have been built: 4,744 battle tanks, 1,741 utility and anti-aircraft variants, and an additional 80 prototypes and pre-series vehicles. The Leopard quickly became the standard of many European militaries, and eventually served as the main battle tank in over a dozen countries worldwide, with West Germany, Italy and the Netherlands being the largest operators until the tank’s retirement. The Leopard 1 started to assume secondary roles in most armies in the 1990s and it was completely phased out in 2003 by its successor, the Leopard 2.

In a sea of suburban conformity, stand out with a piece of history that commands attention with this 1976 Leopard 1A5 Battle Tank. Beyond the status symbols that dot the driveways of your neighbors, this tank offers a unique blend of history and power. As you navigate the cul-de-sacs and boulevards, picture the awe of your peers as they witness you roaring proudly through the streets in your tank. Why keep up with the Joneses when you can lead them into a new realm with a mighty tank? Register to bid today.

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Title: REVOLUTIONIZE SUBURBAN STATUS: Own a Piece of Military History with the 1976 Leopard 1A5 Battle Tank!
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MansBrand Unveils New Automotive Racing Section to Enhance Platform for Motor Enthusiasts

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MansBrand has announced they’re expanding their platform to include a dedicated section on automotive racing. This new area complements their existing content in men’s fashion, health, outdoor adventures, and grooming. The expanded platform aims to offer more comprehensive information and resources for automotive enthusiasts alongside its current categories.

MansBrand is known for offering a wide range of services and products for men. They provide fashion advice and trends to help men stay stylish, health news that covers physical and mental well-being, guidance for outdoor activities, and information on motor vehicles. The new automotive racing section will feature various aspects of the sport, including expert advice, product reviews, and the latest racing news.

This automotive racing section will give readers detailed comparisons and reviews of cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles. It will also include maintenance tips, safety advice, and recommendations on essential motor-related products and accessories. Readers can access comprehensive guides on the gear and equipment needed for both beginners and experienced racers.

Willis from MansBrand commented on the new addition: “Our new automotive racing section is a natural extension of what we already offer on the platform. We’ve observed that many of our users have a keen interest in motor vehicles and racing. By adding this section, we aim to meet the interests of our audience and provide them with valuable content and resources. We’re still focused on our core areas like fashion, health, and outdoor activities but now can offer more for those passionate about motorsports.”

MansBrand has always emphasized community interaction and engagement. The site features blogs where users can share experiences and tips on various topics, from fashion trends to essential grooming products. The new automotive racing section will follow the same approach, encouraging readers to discuss racing strategies, share personal experiences, and offer advice through blog posts and community forums.

The updated platform remains easy to navigate. It includes advanced search options and logically organized categories. Each product or piece of content comes with high-resolution images and detailed descriptions to help visitors make informed decisions about their style, health, outdoor activities, and now, automotive racing pursuits.

Adding automotive racing content doesn’t take away from MansBrand’s commitment to fashion. The site continues to offer a wide range of Mens Fashion items, including shirts, jeans, suits, jackets, and more. By keeping up with the latest trends, MansBrand ensures its users always have access to the best fashion advice. The platform regularly updates current trends and remains a go-to hub for all things related to men’s fashion.

In the health section, MansBrand provides information on various topics, including prostate health, heart disease, and mental well-being. It offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, provides resources for further research and treatment options, and promotes regular health check-ups and preventative care.

The outdoor and adventure category offers advice on hiking, camping, and other activities. It also includes product reviews and recommendations for outdoor gear and equipment, helping men enjoy their outdoor experiences to the fullest.

Willis further noted: “We’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received from our users. They’ve found valuable insights and products across all sections of the site. The automotive racing section is something that many of our users were looking forward to, and it fits perfectly within our diverse range of offerings. We believe it will inspire more men to explore and engage with us.”

MansBrand is committed to continuous improvement and actively seeks and incorporates customer feedback. They aim to be a comprehensive hub for men looking to enhance various aspects of their lives, whether it’s through fashion, health advice, grooming tips, or now, automotive racing content.

By expanding their offerings, MansBrand hopes to encourage a proactive exchange of ideas and experiences. They aim to inspire men to embrace new fashion challenges, refine their style, and discover passions in automotive racing, outdoor adventure, and health-conscious living. The platform invites men from all walks of life to join its growing online community.

For a comprehensive experience, the Mens Fashion Website  also includes features that are easy to navigate. From advanced search capabilities to logically organized categories, every item is accompanied by high-resolution images and detailed descriptions.

For more details on the new automotive racing section and other categories, visit the official site.

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.


Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

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Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
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