Combat Vehicle
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.