Nick Mead has an interesting hobby he has more than 150 military vehicles that he has restored.
He recently picked up a Chinese version of the Russian T54 tank from the Gulf War for a tidy sum of $40,000 from eBay, no less for his Tanks-a-Lot business in Northamptonshire.
The previous owner had bought it without tracks or a working engine, but got the vehicle running again before selling it.
Tanks-a-Lot is a collection of corporate action activity specialists based out of Northampton in the United Kingdom.
They allow for their customers to fulfill all their tank-related desires, including driving tanks over cars, or underwater in an amphibious tank. Thats all to say he’s always on the lookout for new merchandise, which is how he came across the T54 tank.
Nick was cleaning the vehicle alongside his mechanic Todd Chamberlain, and broke open the diesel tank to look for munitions that would need to be presented to bomb disposal crews.
Instead they found something much more valuable five gold bars, weighing aroundtwelve pounds each and estimated to be worth around $2.5 million.
We didnt know what to do,” he said. “You cant exactly take five gold bullion bars down to Cash Converters without questions being asked, so we called the police.
Shortly thereafter, two police arrived to take away the gold, and gave Nick and Todd a receipt that now sits in a safety deposit box in London.
The Chinese version of the T54 was sold to Iraq during the Gulf War, and Nick believes the gold came from Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait, who looted the gold, before stashing it in the tanks fuel compartment.
They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars, he said.
As for giving up the riches, Nick said: Even if I dont get any of the gold back I will still have my beautiful tank.