The battle continues in San Mateo County court over who owns a World War II-era German Panzer IV tank that once belonged to the late Jacques Littlefield and was on display at his Los Trancos Woods estate.
The dispute centers on a July 2014 auction of Mr. Littlefield's collection of military vehicles and weapons.
The Collings Foundation, based in Massachusetts, acquired the collection and offered the Panzer at auction. The bids did not reach the minimum asking price, but Vulcan Warbirds, a Seattle company, contends that it entered into a contract after the auction to buy the tank from the auctioneer, then transferred $2.5 million to pay for it. But the foundation would not release the tank.
Warbirds sued the foundation in September 2014 and is asking the judge for a summary adjudication. A hearing is scheduled for May 18.
Warbirds leases military vehicles to the Flying Heritage Collection in Everett, Washington, which has a particular interest in World War II-era tanks. The Collings Foundation runs a military vehicle museum and is planning an outdoor amphitheater for battle re-enactments. The tank is considered extremely rare.