The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
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By David D Jackson


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 M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry
Built by Chrysler and Fisher Body

This page added 2-1-2017.


Photos of the late WWII M26 Pershings, and the later modified versions of the Pershings that were designated the M46 Patton that were built by both Chrysler and Fisher Body are included on this photo page.  Of the 75 Pershings still left in the world, only 25 have been identified by manufacturer.  Of the 45 in the United States, only 19 have been identified.

Included on this page are photos of the M46 Patton.  The M46 was a conversion of the original M26 Pershings built by either Fisher Body or Chrysler.  After WWII, the engines and transmissions were replaced in many of the M26s to provide enhanced performance.  Of the 21 M46 Pattons still in existence, only five have been identified by which tank arsenal built it.

This page will exhibit photos of the M26/M46 built by both Chrysler and Fisher Body, and those that can not be identified.

Known Surviving Fisher Body and Chrysler built M26 Pershing tanks with identified Serial  Numbers
Fisher Body Serial Numbers:  11-1760
Chrysler Serial Numbers:  1761 and up

Serial Number Tank Arsenal Type Registration Number Location Location
35 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI T26E3   Wolfeboro, NH, USA Wright Museum-Inside
86 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Camp Shelby, MS, USA Mississippi Armed Forces Museum -Outside
94 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI T26E3   Graffenwohr, Baviaria, Germany Armed Forces Facility Outside
97 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI T26E4 30128143 Wheaton, IL USA 1st Dvision Museum - Outside
157 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26  

Mobile, Alabama, USA

USS Alabama -Outside
221 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI T26E3   Fort Benning, GA, USA The National Armor and Cavalry Museum - Outside
367 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26A1   Brasschaat, Antwerpen, Belgium Gunfire Museum Outside
370 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Anniston, Alabama, USA U.S Army Center for Military History Storage Facility  - Stored outside
374 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Fort Stewart, GA, USA 3-7 Cavalry HQ Outside
394 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26A1 30127140 Graffenwohr, Baviaria, Germany Armed Forces Facility - Wreck -Outside
710 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26 30128476 Fort Benning, GA, USA The National Armor and Cavalry Museum - Stored
893 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26 30127639 Fort Irwin, California, USA Motor Pool by Main Gate - Outside
922 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26A1   New Bedford, MA, USA Franco-American Square - Outside
1097 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Kaiserslautern, Reinland-Phalz KaiserslauternArmy Depot Outside
1232 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Fort Bliss, TX, USA 1st Armored Division Museum - Outside
1394 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26A1   Fort Benning, GA, USA The National Armor and Cavalry Museum - Stored
1517 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Fort Jackson, SC, USA Basic Training Museum - Outside
1602 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Anniston, Alabama, USA U.S Army Center for Military History Storage Facility  - Stored outside
1668 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI M26   Sinsheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Auto+Technik Museum Outside
1761 Chrysler Warren, MI M26   Fort Benning, GA, USA The National Armor and Cavalry Museum - Stored
1766 Chrysler Warren, MI M26   Austin, TX, USA Texas Forces Museum, Camp Mayby - Outside
1773 Chrysler Warren, MI M26   Fort Benning, GA, USA The National Armor and Cavalry Museum - Stored
1872 Chrysler Warren, MI M26A1   Sinsheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Auto+Technik Museum Outside
1947 Chrysler Warren, MI M26A1   Fort Benning, GA, USA The National Armor and Cavalry Museum - Stored
1983 Chrysler Warren, MI M26 30128529 Fort Hood, TX, USA First Division Parade Field - Outside
7556 Chrysler Warren, MI M26   Fort Bliss, TX, USA Between Sheridan Road and Pershing Circle - Outside

 

Known Surviving M46 Patton tanks converted from Fisher Body and Chrysler built M26 Pershings with identified Serial  Numbers
Fisher Body Serial Numbers:  11-1760
Chrysler Serial Numbers:  1761 and up

Serial Number Tank Arsenal Type Registration Number Location Location
160 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI

 

M46   Fort Indianantown Gap, PA, USA National Guard facility, Fisher Ave & Clement Ave - Outside
1007 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI

 

M46A1 53116 Kappellen, Antwerpen, Belgium Depot of Royal Army Museum - Stored
1017 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI

 

M46A1   Liege, Boncelles, Belgium La Tour D'Air, fort de Boncelles Outside
1159 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI

 

M46   Fort Jackson, SC, USA Soldier Support Institute - Outside
1622 or 1822 Fisher Body Grand Blanc, MI/ Chrysler Warren, MI

 

M46A1 27923 Brasschaat, Antwerpen, Belgium Depot of Royal Army Museum - Stored


The M26 Pershing

Manufacturer:  Fisher Body Division of GM
Serial Number:  97
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location: First Division Museum, Wheaton, Il
Date of Photo:  9-27-2015
Fisher Body Grand Blanc built twenty-five T26E4s in early 1945 of which this one on display at the First Division Museum at Cantigny is the only example still in existence.  This Fisher Body built Super Pershing, as they were called, is a very rare example of what was built at Grand Blanc, MI.  Author's photo added 9-30-2015.

The original Pershings built starting in November 1944 were designated as T26E3s. They were considered to still be test units by the US Army, which had insufficient time to test and accept the new tank.  However, a tank with a 90mm main gun was needed in Europe to combat German armor with the 88mm cannon, so the tanks were built under the test designation until the Army changed all of them to the M26 designation in March 1945.  The T26E4 was also produced as an expedient experimental unit, with the first one going to Europe late in the war for evaluation.  The T26E4s retained that designation as they were not put into production.


The feature that gave the T26E4 its name Super Pershing is that it was equipped with a high velocity T15E2 90mm cannon that used two part ammunition.  Note the large counterweight welded to the rear of the turret to balance the long gun barrel.


This photo shows the long barrel of the T15E2 90mm cannon, which was five and a half feet longer than the normal 90mm cannon on the T26E3s which were later re-designated as M26s.  The M46 Patton tank can be seen in the background.  This was the next version of the M26, with a more powerful 830 hp engine.  It is one of the many fine tanks on display outside at in the First Division Museum's tank park.


This shows another view of the large counterweight on the rear of the turret.


Manufacturer:  Fisher Body Division of GM
Serial Number:  1517
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Basic Combat Training Museum, Fort Jackson, SC
Date of Photo:  4-4-2014
The M4A3 Sherman tank next to it is also a Grand Blanc built tank.


Manufacturer:  Unknown
Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Ropkey Armor Museum, Crawfordsville, IN
Date of Photo:  9-21-2013
This Pershing was sold in 2016 and is now owned by a private individual in the New England area, US.


Manufacturer:  Unknown
Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Museum of the USMC, Triangle, VA
Date of Photo:  9-24-2016


The M46 Patton

Manufacturer:  Unknown
Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  First Division Museum, Wheaton, Il
Date of Photo:  9-27-2015

 



 

 

 

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