Sweden's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Swedish man buys army tank 'on impulse'

Share this article

Swedish man buys army tank 'on impulse'
Photo: Private
14:12 CET+01:00
A young man in central Sweden found himself the owner of a military tank this week after he saw it for sale and decided he couldn't do without it.
Jimmy Johansson, a 23-year-old from Borlänge in central Sweden, can now add tank to his list of possessions. But the 76,000 kronor ($11,700) purchase wasn't something he planned. 
"It was just an impulse buy from beginning... I went to look at a motor and my eyes were drawn to this instead," he told The Local. 
The PBV 401, a Soviet-built fully amphibious tank that weighs around 12 tonnes and travels at a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour, is parked out the front of his grandfather's house while Johansson decides what to do with it.
The purchase was encouraged by Johansson's mother.
"When I was about to buy it I called my mother and she just started laughing. She said 'Just get it' so I did. And because I can't take it out on the streets we had to take it on the back of a truck to get it home... people couldn't help but stare."
The 23-year-old confessed that he remains unsure what to do with the tank, but has considered putting it on show at motor events around the country.
So what next for the tanked out Swede?
"Well, I could always buy a helicopter," he told The Local with a chuckle. "I mean, I've got nothing to planned, but you never know."
The tank on the way home to Johansson's grandfather:
The Local/kd/og

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

The Stockholm restaurants where Sweden's top chefs eat

Sweden's top chefs have chosen their favourite Stockholm restaurants, from Michelin-starred culinary blow-outs to some of the best-kept secrets across the entire city. Here we present an exclusive sneak peek into the glory of the some of our best chefs' favourite and funkiest Stockholm food lairs.