A man bought a tank for £30,000 and what he found inside could make him a millionaire.
Buying a tank with your spare cash seems a bit of an unusual spend by anyone’s standards, but buying one and then discovering it had £2 million pounds worth of gold bars inside, must be pretty much unheard of.
Nick Mead from Northamptonshire – who has the unusual hobby of tank restorer – came across the valuable stash while he was doing up his new Russian T54/69, (not pictured in the article) which he bought off eBay.
The 55-year-old, along with his pal Todd Marshall, filmed himself while he was opening up the diesel tank in case there were weapons, which he would need to alert police of.
Instead he unbelievably found five gold bars, each weighing 12 pounds and all together, totalling approximately £2 million pounds.
He told The Sun:
We didn’t know what to do. You can’t exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police.
Nick certainly hit the jackpot when he saw the huge tank advertised on the auction site and so proceeded to exchange an Army Lorry and a self-propelled gun for the fighting mobile.
After some inspection and research, Nick and Todd believe the gold was stolen by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait during the Gulf War in the 90s.
They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars.
The two lucky guys have since handed the bars over to police for closer analysis and Nick has been given a receipt for his find, which he’s wisely placed in a safety deposit box.
Unfortunately Nick may not be able to keep his treasure, although he still seems pretty pleased with his ‘beautiful tank,’ which he has added to his collection of 150 military vehicles on his farm.
Northamptonshire Police have been contacted about the situation, but have said they could not comment due to ‘operational reasons.’
I think becoming a millionaire due to a stash of looted gold hidden in his new tank, was the last thing Nick was expected.
I might start looking up tanks on eBay…