Tanks-A-Lot is a U.K.-based tank restoration company. They deal with one of the coolest vehicle-related jobs ever. These guys refurbish tanks and then drive them. Sometimes, they also supply tanks for films, events, and even hosting driving events. This one-of-a-kind job they have brought them to something very surprising to them and led them to more wealth.
Owner of Tanks-A-Lot and avid heavy vehicle collector Nick Mead decided to purchase the $37,000 Chinese Type 69 tank. This particular piece was modeled after the Russian tank model, which was sold in the nine- year span from 1959-1968.
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While disassembling the vehicle for restoration, mechanic Todd Chamberlain alerted Mead that he believed that one of the fuel tanks were filled with guns which is a surprisingly normal experience when going through an old military motor. Mead got a camera to ensure that they were securely covered should they obtain any illegal firearms that they would turn over to the police. However, they were more surprised with what they saw.
Instead of the expected firearms, the pair found five gold bars weighing in at a whopping 68.5 pounds, are valued at around $2.4 million. It is believed that the gold was smuggled into the tank during the Gulf War in 1990-1991 and has remained there since. This likely is the case, as Iraqi soldiers stole a lot of gold when Kuwait was invaded in August of 1990.
Nick asked the police to measure the gold bars and they got a receipt of it.
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