These guys restore tanks and drive them (in addition to supplying tanks for films, events, and even hosting driving events). But while the employees may not find any novelty in driving tanks anymore, they were likely surprised by what they discovered in this acquistion: more than $2 million in gold.
Nick Mead, owner of Tanks-A-Lot and avid heavy vehicle collector, decided to purchase the $37,000 Chinese Type 69 tank after coming across it on eBay.
This particular piece was modeled after the Russian T-54, which were sold in the nine year span from 1959-1968. During the Gulf War, Chinese manufacturers produced the tank in bulk and sold many to the Iraqi military during that time.
He eventually bartered a retired British Army truck and Abbot self-propelled howitzer to the seller and brought his new piece home.
While disassembling the vehicle for restoration, mechanic Todd Chamberlain alerted Mead that he believed that one of the fuel tanks were filled with guns—a surprisingly-common occurrence when going through old military machinery.
Per shop protocol, Mead grabbed a camera to ensure that they were safely covered should they recover any illegal firearms that they would be required to turn over to the police.
Instead what the pair found were five gold bars weighing in at a whopping 68.5 pounds, are valued at around $2.4 million.