A guy who collects tanks was taking apart the fuel tank and discovered gold bars worth over $12,000,000!

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A TANK fanatic got a new model in a £30,000 trade-in — and found more than £2million of gold bullion hidden in the fuel tank.

Nick Mead, 55, discovered the five gold bars in the Russian T54/69 while restoring it to add to his collection of 150 military vehicles.

He and mechanic Todd Chamberlain were filming themselves prising open the diesel tank in case they found munitions and needed to show it to bomb disposal crews.

Instead, they pulled out the bars, weighing up to 12lb — 5kg — apiece.

Todd, 50, said a quick calculation suggested they were worth in excess of £2million.

He added: “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 runs Tanks-a-Lot, giving petrolheads the chance to drive any of his tanks on his farm in Helmdon, Northants.

He traded in an Army lorry and an Abbot self-propelled gun for the T54/69 in a deal worth about £30,000 after seeing it advertised on eBay.

Todd and Nick had already found machine gun ammunition while stripping down the tank and were worried they would find guns.

Instead, they discovered the gold, which they believe was looted by Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait during the Gulf War.

The tank was later captured and shipped to Britain.

Nick said: “They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars.”

After calling police, two officers took away the bars and gave them a receipt.

The military buffs have stored it in a safety deposit box in London. Nick said: “Even if I don’t get any of the gold back I will still have my beautiful tank.”

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they could not comment “for operational reasons”.

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6 Responses to PRETTY AWESOME!

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    The odds of finding millions in an old Ruski tank make the odds of winning a million by playing the lotto look puny.

    I bet the Ruskis sue to get the money returned.

  2. Its more likely to be gold taken from sand goblins I think Bogside. The gold may have been looted from Kuwait according to the story.

  3. dekare says:

    You know these guys are never going to see that gold again. The cops will decide it was used in an illegal poppy growing scheme, and claim it under confiscation laws. That is just way too much money to give back. Anyone care to bet I am wrong?

  4. bogsidebunny says:

    You’re correct dekare. The fools shoulda skipped their 15 minute of fame. Kept their yaps shut and melted the bars down into 1 or 2 ounce ingots. Then sold them over a long period of time.

    Now the government will find a “legal” way of stepping in to take the gold.

  5. BobF says:

    That’s strange. In Britain you can’t own a semi-automatic rifle but you can buy a tank.

  6. Dan says:

    Stupid morons…… I don’t know what will happen to the gold for certain but the one thing that is
    ABSOLUTELY certain is they won’t get it back. If they are lucky….and that’s a BIG IF….they might get a ‘finders fee’. Idiots should have kept their mouths shut.

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