Reconnaissance (Tracked) Series
Models FV101, FV102, FV103,
FV104, FV105, FV106, FV107
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The CVR(T) Scorpion , FV101, was the first in the series to be developed. It is most likely the
smallest and fastest light tank in the world. The Scorpion was designed to replace the Saladin
armoured car in the reconnaissance and fire support role. The first production vehicle was
completed in 1972. By 1996 over 3500 of the CVR(T) series had been manufactured.
The CVR(T) variants include the following:
- FV101 Scorpion Light Tank 76mm Gun
FV102 Striker Anti-tank Guided Weapons vehicle (Swingfire)
FV103 Spartan Armoured Personnel Carrier APC
FV104 Samaritan Armoured Ambulance
FV105 Sultan Armoured Command Post vehicle
FV106 Samson Armoured Recovery vehicle
FV107 Scimitar Recon vehicle 30mm Gun
These were the seven original variants manufactured. Since then there have been other variants
including the Sabre (Scorpion with a Fox turret), Stormer, and the Streaker. The original seven
variants were designed with the same basic automotive chassis and components. The Jaguar J60 XK
4.2 litre 6 cylinder petrol engine was selected for use due to itsí small size and light weight.
The TN15X crossdrive semi-automatic transmission was developed for the vehicles from the
transmission in the Chieftain MBT. The transmission is a 7 speed gearbox that allows speeds up
to 50 mph according to the book. The armour used is an aluminum alloy developed for the CVR(T)
series. The Scorpion was taken out of service with the British Army and replaced with the
Scimitar and Sabre. The CVR(T) series was manufactured by Alvis LTD of Coventry, UK. New
upgraded variants of this series are still offered for sale. For specifics on the variants see
the separate vehicle listings.
Notes For Collectors:
A wide variety of the CVR(T) series vehicles are now available on the private collectors
market. These typically include the Scorpion, Sabre, Spartan, Sultan, Striker, and Samson. If
you are looking for an armoured vehicle to drive, the CVR(T) series of vehicles offers
performance, automotive dependability, spare parts availability and are small enough to store
without excessive expenses. The CVR(T) vehicles are quite modern, especially for the private
collectors market. The British Army still uses many of them on active duty. Most of the older
armoured vehicles, for example the M4 Sherman, are difficult at best to maintain due to lack of
spare parts availability. The prices of CVR(T) vary widely depending on condition and model.
The gun versions (Scorpion (76mm) and Sabre (30mm) generally are the most expensive followed by
Spartan APC and so on. If you are in the USA I would recommend that you buy the best condition
vehicle you can afford to buy. Restoring one here is difficult at best. We do stock some
CVR(T) spares and our list is constantly growing.