Costing £500,000 when brand new, the 4.2L tank includes a deactivated 30mm cannon plus new rubber tracks, instead of the original metal ones, to protect the roads. The tank is fully covered with a classic military vehicle insurance policy that costs only £165 a year, but has a costly fuel bill at £300 per fill on regular unleaded.
Ellison’s previous toys included a military assault boat that he gave up when he got married, as well as a 1986 military Land Rover and a 1996 Honda XR250 motorbike used by the Special Forces. And what do the neighbors think? "When we saw the tank we thought it was police coming up at last with a real response in dealing with anti-social behavior in the town."