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Historical military vehicles collected by Stanford alumnus to be auctioned off

On July 11-12, over a hundred military vehicles from the private collection of Stanford alumnus Jacques Littlefield MBA ’73 will be auctioned off at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley.

Held by Auction America, the event is one of the largest military vehicle auctions and has attracted an international audience. Gun parts and other military accessories will also be sold, and a special auction will be held for five of the rarest collectible military vehicles in the collection.

The Jacques M. Littlefield Collection, worth $30 million, is one of the nation’s largest military vehicle collections. It includes vehicles from the U.S., Russia, Germany, England, France, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia and Israel and has models such as German Panzer tanks and American Sherman tanks from World Wars I and II. A World War II German Panzer IV tank in the collection is expected to sell for around $2.6 million at the auction.

Littlefield, who died in January 2009, collected more than 200 military vehicles in his property near Stanford University. He started the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation, making his collection a resource for mechanical engineering students, defense contractors and moviemakers. His tanks have also been used in sound recordings for films including “Saving Private Ryan.”

Littlefield’s family donated his collection to the Collings Foundation after his death.

The Foundation will keep the most historically significant vehicles in the collection, including an old World War I tank, and hopes to raise $10 million from the auction to build a vehicle museum in Massachusetts. In addition to an indoor display, the Foundation plans to build an outdoor amphitheater to allow the public to experience reenactments of significant tank battles.

The auction will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today and tomorrow.