Celebrities are nothing if not unique, and their taste for luxury is no exception. While some listeners like Denzel Washington prefer to keep their celebrity status low, others enjoy flaunting their wealth and power.
In 2011, for example, American rapper Birdman bought a Maybach Exelero for $8 million. Fast forward to 2018 and Travis Scott made headlines when he gifted girlfriend Kylie Jenner a $1.4 million Ferrari LaFerrari after the birth of their daughter, Stormy Webster.
Such outrageous purchases are almost common among celebrities. And then some go to great lengths when it comes to buying luxury items. If you thought these were exaggerated, just wait until you hear about the celebrities who have army tanks…
Yes, you read correctly. A number of celebrities have already purchased their realistic tanks. While we can’t imagine why anyone would need a military vehicle, it’s clear that these celebrities have the means to buy whatever they want.
Jay Leno: $350,000 Blastolene Special
Jay Leno comes in at 6 because it’s not exactly a military tank, but a patton tank engine that was put on a 1950s-era chassis. The result is a Blastolene Special; It is an imposing and unique vehicle that Lino seems to enjoy driving around.
The Blastolene Special is so massive it weighs 9,500 pounds, 2,500 pounds of which is the engine. Despite being purchased for only $125,000 in 2003, the car is now valued at $350,000.
JR Smith: $450,000 Rhino Gurkha F5
Surprised to see JR Smith on this list? Well, it turns out that the former NBA star isn’t afraid to spend his money on things a little out of the ordinary. Smith decided to buy a decommissioned military tank and is the proud owner of a Gurkha F5 for $450,000.
For those unfamiliar, the Gurkha F5 is a military vehicle designed for urban warfare. It is fully armored, complete with bulletproof glass, roof-mounted machine gun and smoke curtain system. Of course, the Smith tank was modified slightly to make it street legal.
Gerfonta Davis: $300,000 Renault GX
Gerfonta “Tank” Davis is a professional boxer with an undefeated record. He is also the proud owner of the USSV Rhino GX military-grade desert camouflage tank that cost him $330,000. It even has his initials GTD branded on the front. We’re not sure if the title had any bearing on his decision to buy the tank.
The Rhino GX is designed for off- and off-road use and can seat up to seven people. It’s also bulletproof and has a 6.8 liter V10 engine that produces an impressive 400 horsepower. Very impressive!
Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown: $350,000 from Rezvani Tank
This is kind of a cheat because it’s technically two celebrities, but we had to include them on the list; And only because they own a similar military vehicle. Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown are the proud owners of Rezvani Tank X; A luxury military tank designed for off-road and off-road use.
As you might expect, the Rezvani Tank X isn’t cheap and starts at $295,000 with additional customization extras. But for celebrities like Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown, that’s a change of pocket.
The tank comes complete with all the features you would expect from a military vehicle including armored paint, night vision, and a ballistic missile system. Oh, and it also has a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 500 horsepower.
The Big Boss himself, Rick Ross is the newest member of the tank-owning military club. The rapper took to social media to showcase his new purchase; Large camouflaged Louis Vuitton tank.
One thing with Mr. William Roberts, he knows how to get in. He bought the tank before his car and bike show event. But we’re still not sure how much it will cost.
The luxury brand’s one-of-a-kind custom tank includes leather seats, a Louis Vuitton steering wheel cover, and even a custom audio system. It’s also bulletproof (of course) and seats up to eight people. He posted on his Instagram “Games are coming!!!”
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Free
All the tanks on this list are amazing, but there is one that stands out above the rest, and that is the Arnold Schwarzenegger tank. Mr. Olympia and a former Hollywood star is the owner of Patton’s outrageous 1951 M-47 tank that he got for free!
The tank belongs to the former California governor because it is exactly the one he commanded during his military days in the Austrian National Army in 1965. Speaking to Jay Leno, Arnold revealed that he received the tank as a gift from the Austrian government, but had to pay a whopping $20,000 to get it to the United States.
Arnold uses the tank for charitable purposes to help disadvantaged children.
Can you own a military vehicle?
This list pretty much makes you wonder whether or not owning a military vehicle is legal. Well, the answer is…it depends.
In the United States, owning a military vehicle is perfectly legal provided the weapon system is not active. This means that missile systems, grenades and machine guns must be removed. You are also required to obtain a title for the vehicle from the National Firearms Act (NFA) and register it with your state’s DMV. You must obtain insurance to ensure that the vehicle is street legal and adheres to your state’s emissions laws.
All in all, it’s not that simple just buying a military vehicle but if your heart (and pocket) is ready to own one, it’s totally worth it!
These badass celebs have shown that if you have the money, you can buy anything you want; Including a military tank. Although it may not be the most practical purchase, it is definitely a great way to show off your wealth and make a statement.
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