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Where to Buy a Tank

If you wanted one, where would you buy a tank? I've found the website that sells ex military goods - and found at the top of the list was a tank for sale. So, what sort of tank? This turned out to be a full blown, proper, tank. Yes, an actual tank.

Who would want a tank? I don't even want to think about it - it certainly wouldn't fit into my allocated parking space!

The auction description said it is an Alvis Shielder, High Mobility Load Carrier (HMLC). This tank is 14 years old.

There was then, also, a full description, it's a tracked armoured load carrier with flatbed platform, part of the Stormer family of Armoured vehicles. The flat bed can be adopted for a wide range of roles such as logistic carrier, bridge layer repair / recovery and towing.

And who would ever know that a tank has air conditioning? I didn't, but the description continued to say "The hull accommodates 2 personnel, comprising of the driver and commander, in a single compartment which has both air conditioning and NBC protection."

The tank is being sold by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and they put all their old kit online for auction.

The auction did state that the tank is for UK use only - and no overseas bidders were to be allowed. Well that's a relief then! ISIS won't be buying this one, nor other forms of loon.

The current bid is for £5,000 (and you have to pay VAT of 20% on that too). I wonder how much it'll end up being sold for, the auction ends in 8 hours, I'll probably forget to pop back and look out of nosiness.

If you want ex-military goods (probably not a tank as you do need a big garden for that), then you can see what they've got for sales at




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crowntower wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:39 AM

lol! who would want a tank in their homes. But I bet those only who loves to collect things that are from history and with a lot of space in their house. God bless. I never thought it also has an aircon, maybe they need it because it will be so hot in there.

UK_Writer wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:55 AM

Who knows - maybe it's Scout-like groups that buy them, or museums. Or a huge adventure park to park at their entrance.
It is an interesting question though - along with how many tanks are sold each year.
How many tanks? Who buys tanks?

Koalemos wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:36 AM

I have known several people who are fond of military vehicles and would love such an item. As for air conditioning, this would be an essential facility since tanks are often used deserts.

crowntower wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:39 AM

I hope the military will not get mad at me... hehehe... I guess some of them will buy it as souvenirs? Lol! but true, there are people who buy canyons from the past.

celticeagle wrote on March 5, 2015, 8:14 AM

Where would you park it?

UK_Writer wrote on March 5, 2015, 8:15 AM

They never used to be molly coddled. You used to need to be a real man to go in one :)

Koalemos wrote on March 5, 2015, 8:28 AM

Nevertheless, the people in the tank would be far less effective if the heat was permitted to permeate.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 5, 2015, 9:34 AM

I would love to have a tank. It could get me around in the winter with ease.

UK_Writer wrote on March 5, 2015, 11:49 AM

On top of the neighbours' cars is the answer to this question I think :)

UK_Writer wrote on March 5, 2015, 11:50 AM

Ah, but it'd be tricky getting in as you'd have to clamber over the snow - and the hatch might be frozen solid ... you'd be in danger of sliding off and breaking a leg

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 5, 2015, 12:33 PM

Just keep it sprayed down with a deicer lol

GedWrites wrote on March 5, 2015, 12:41 PM

I wonder .. will they be selling the ammunition too? I can just see it now .. someone driving it down the M1, it would come in handy when stuck in traffic for sure.

UK_Writer wrote on March 5, 2015, 2:55 PM

Dunno, maybe I should ask them ... but I suspect I'd get a knock at the door in the middle of the night if I did that :)

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j2jworkz wrote on March 5, 2015, 3:53 PM

Some days I wish I had one to drive to work in rush hour.

antoniowestley wrote on March 5, 2015, 5:50 PM

Guess its business as usual just more of a modern day take even though its weird that it is being done like a used car lot

AliCanary wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:39 PM

I have mixed feelings about tanks being available for sale to the general public, but it's good to know about the air conditioning.

trufflehunter wrote on March 5, 2015, 9:34 PM

I would think airconditioning is very important! But impractical as it might guzzle fuel? Dunno...

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 6, 2015, 2:39 AM

I have never known the case like this one in which they sell a tank .I guess nobody would buy it except Military museum 。

WordChazer wrote on March 7, 2015, 6:33 AM

ISIS may not buy it but some loon based here in the UK might get their mitts on it on their behalf. Stranger things have happened. Personally, our outside area is not big enough for a tank, and while it might be handy as a traffic clearing device in the centre of town, that might rather swiftly result in the attentions of the local cops...

peachpurple wrote on March 11, 2015, 12:55 AM

maybe it is a toy tank? how could a teen selling a real tank?

scheng1 wrote on March 14, 2015, 7:57 AM

I am sure ISIS has better tanks that this outdated one sold by your government.

nbaquero wrote on March 19, 2015, 8:48 AM

UK_Writer I find odd that these kind of vehicles are sold to the public by your MoD, but I agree with crowntower probably private collectors would be interested in buying this tank.

suzzy3 wrote on June 14, 2015, 4:45 PM

I suppose a museum might buy it or some rich person with plenty of land.