Jacques Littlefield

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Jacques Littlefield
Born (1949-11-21)November 21, 1949
San Francisco, California
Died January 7, 2009(2009-01-07) (aged 59)
Portola Valley, California
Occupation Military Vehicle Collector, philanthropist, engineer
Spouse(s) Sandy Montenegro Littlefield

Jacques Littlefield (November 21, 1949 – January 7, 2009) is best known as the founder of the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF), also called the Littlefield Collection.

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Jacques Littlefield collected many vintage military vehicles including a Panther tank, several M4 Sherman tanks and a SS-1 Scud launcher. He had over 220 military vehicles to his name.

Biography[edit]

Littlefield was born on November 21, 1949 in San Francisco, California. He was the son of Edmund Wattis Littlefield and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield. His father was CEO of Utah Construction Company, his mother is a strong supporter of the arts and a member of the Chairman’s Council of the San Francisco Opera.[1]

Littlefield's fascination with military vehicles started as a child, when he started building plastic models of them. In college he built his first remote control scale model tank. He obtained his first full size military vehicle in 1975; a WWII era M3 Scout Car. In 1998 he set up the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation to manage his collection of over 150 vehicles and to restore more.

He grew up in Burlingame and attended Cate School in Carpinteria, California before studying at Stanford University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1971 and an MBA two years later. He worked for Hewlett Packard for five years as a manufacturing engineer before focusing solely on building his museum and restoration facility.

Littlefield served on the boards of the General George Patton Museum, the Cate School, the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education, the Hoover Institution, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Filoli Center. He was a member of the Bohemian Club where he was a Captain of the Sempervirens camp.[2]

Following a decade long battle with colon cancer, Littlefield died on January 7, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Montenegro Littlefield.

On July 11 and 12th 2014, 160 vehicles of the Littlefield Collection were auctioned off to fund creation of a new museum to display the collection at the Collings Foundation headquarters in Stow, Massachusetts.[3]

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