British Abbot 105mm
Self Propelled Gun
Model FV433

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General Information/ Specs: - Model FV433
Although similar in appearance to a tank, the Abbot is actually a 105mm indirect fire artillery piece. The Abbot was produced from 1964 thru 1967. The vehicle has many automotive components in common with the FV432 armoured personnel carrier. The gun is mounted in a fully rotating turret with powered traverse thru 360 degrees. The gun elevation ranges from -5 to +70 degrees. The guns uses a variety of separate loading ammunition including High Explosive(HE), High Explosive Squash Head (HESH), and smoke. A floatation screen was originally carried around the vehicle. The Abbot was fully amphibious with the screen erected. The 7.62mm Bren machine gun was mounted at the commanders' hatch for antiaircraft protection.
Crew: 4 ( driver, loader, gunner, and commander)
Engine: Rolls Royce K60 in-line vertically opposed 6 cylinder multifuel engine
Transmission: GM-Allison TX200 automatic
Top Speed: 29 mph
Weight (empty): 32,800 lbs
Height: 8 ft 2 in
Length: 19 ft 2 in
Width: 8 ft 8 in
Electrical System: 24 volt (2-12 volt batteries in hull and 2-12 volt batteries in turret)

Notes For Collectors: The Abbot is a vehicle for a collector that has some land and wants a moderate sized tracked vehicle with a big gun. Although nowhere near as quick or maneuverable as the CVR(T) series, the Abbot is no slacker in performance. Surprisingly the 240 hp Rolls Royce powers the vehicle quite nicely. The gearbox allows the driver to select a position where the vehicle can shift through a series of gears on its' own. Once in position the transmission is automatic in that range of gears. Initially the steering can be somewhat sluggish until the fluid is warm. From that point on it maneuvers without hesitation. As with most British vehicles parts are still available.