Anti-tank missile launcher, as seen on Trailer Park Boys, listed on Kijiji for $48K
‘It runs and drives fine and is obviously lots of fun,’ owner says
An East Chezzetcook, N.S., man is hoping to find a buyer for his armoured vehicle, a 1977 Alvis Striker FV102 anti-tank missile launcher that once had a cameo in a Trailer Park Boys episode.
"It runs and drives fine and is obviously lots of fun," reads Stephen Philpitt's Kijiji post that lists the tracked vehicle for $48,000, or best offer.
He'll also consider trades.
Among the selling features is a new Jaguar engine that can take the rig up to 65 km/h.
But it can be a bumpy ride.
"Sweet Jesus on toast man, like, driving around in this thing would just beat you to death," Philpitt told CBC's Information Morning during a test drive.
The new owner won't need to worry about accidentally firing off a missile. The vehicle was demilitarized and decommissioned in 1996.
Before Philpitt bought it, it was owned by the British military, one of only 89 built.
"These vehicles moved in platoons of four," Philpitt said. "One commander also would command the other four vehicles. The other three vehicles [would] look out for targets, keep an eye open.
"The commander used to fire the machine gun as well."
'The culmination of all my dreams'
Philpitt said he had dreamed of owning a tank since he was child. "I always wanted one, like all other little boys."
After the armoured missile launcher was shipped over from the United Kingdom, it landed a role in the TV series Trailer Park Boys.
"I had already driven over two cars and driven through two sheds. I look out my periscope and the only thing I can see is Bubbles and he's cursing at me and throwing lawn chairs at me.
"That was the best thing I ever saw. It was the culmination of all my dreams."
After getting his kicks, Philpitt said he is ready to part ways with his armoured vehicle.
"I'm getting too old to climb around in this old army tank, so I think it's time for someone else to take over and have some fun."
Interested buyers would need to get a controlled goods licence from the federal government to take it off Philpitt's hands.
With files from Kaitlyn Swan