Looking for a quick last-minute gift for Father’s Day this Sunday? Well, well, well then. Step right up, because we have a gift that your old man will cherish for the rest of his life.
A T-72. A Russian battle tank. Russia’s main battle tank. 45 tons. Huge gun. Hours and hours of fun.
He’ll eat it up.
As long as your budget is right around $50,000 — you’re good to go.
More on how from WIRED:
The Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, and Polish militaries, left awash in surplus Red Star machinery after the Iron Curtain was torn down, are clearing out their stocks of Soviet-era tanks to make way for NATO replacements. If you’ve got the cash, and another $20k or so to ship it to the US, you qualify to buy.
“The things were purchased ridiculously cheap from the army, especially if one knew the right people,” says Vojtech Svoboda of Mortar Investments, a Prague-based dealer of military vehicles and gear. “Also, some of the material officially ‘scrapped’ was in fact resold.”
Dealers today, most of them in the Czech Republish, have an entire fleet to offer: attack helicopters, fighter jets, self-propelled howitzers, amphibious infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, and mobile missile-launching trucks, all to civilians and as legal as a Sacajawea dollar.
There is a caveat, of course. A huge “buyer beware” should be slapped somewhere on the tank next to its egregious sticker price. This is mainly due to the fact that the enormous war machines have been sitting around for a good three or four decades, and will probably have a lot to restore/refurbish. This could run you north of $30,000 alone. Unless, of course, you just park it in your backyard and have the neighborhood kids use it as a jungle gym (after dad got bored with it).
This works as well.