Unfortunately, Patriot missile batteries to guard against Scud missile attacks are not included in the sale.

Unfortunately, Patriot missile batteries to guard against Scud missile attacks are not included in the sale. Photo: Havakuk Levison

Need a Soviet motorised launcher for your Scud missiles? Or a DUKW amphibious personnel carrier to take a shortcut across the water? Look no further.

Those, and a lot of tanks, will be featured next month at an auction of military equipment at Portola Valley in California. All told, 114 vehicles from World War I to the Gulf War will be up for grabs at the Auctions America event from July 11 to 12.

The items were part of a collection amassed over three decades by Jacques M. Littlefield, the founder of the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in California, a museum dedicated to the preservation of military vehicles.

"The Littlefield Collection boasts an impressive range of vehicles and represents points in history that appeal to a global audience beyond traditional military collectors," says Ian Kelleher, of Auctions America. "The majority of the collection remains drivable and usable and can be easily repurposed for private use."

Among the vehicles going on the block are a restored, fully drivable US Army M37105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage, built in October 1945 by American Car & Foundry, and a nearly 42-ton Scud missile launcher from back in the USSR. And, of course, the DUKW amphibious personnel carrier.

In case you're wondering, the Scud missile launcher is valued at least $300,000 and, judging from the pictures, the missile is included.