The buyers are ranchers and farmers, and car and military enthusiasts who want to own a piece of history.
“The demand is very high,” said Jeff Holmes, IronPlanet’s vice president of government solutions. Some auctions pit a dozen bidders against one another, driving up the price, he said.
Craig Pezold, a college student who lives in Jessup, Md., recently bought one for $10,000. He tinkers with it in his father’s garage and takes it off-roading around the farm.
“It’ll go through the woods pretty good,” he said. But it’s confined there because, as he said with a sigh, “it’s not road legal.”