This place is like a war zone! Couple fill their shed with collection of 80 rare tanks

article-2404454-1B8061A2000005DC-841_634x422Andrew Baker with wife Sally sat on a Scorpion reconnaissance vehicle at their home in Warwickshire

One couple’s love of armoured tanks has turned their family home into a war zone.

Mechanic Andrew Baker swapped his job mending fork lifts and cars to forge a career buying and selling Army vehicles.

Mr Baker and his wife have been collecting tanks for more than 20 years and keep 80 in a shed at their family home in Dunchurch, Warwickshire.

Even their two children, Lawrence, 16, and Christian, 15, have inherited the obsession owning a rare ‘Streaker’ tank between them.

Mr Baker said: ‘Most of our tanks are modern British Army tanks but our oldest vehicle is a Second World War half-track with an anti-aircraft machine gun on top.

‘We have an incredibly rare collection. We are the only place in the world to have a full set of CVRT – a group of 10 armoured vehicles only made in Coventry.’

The value of the tanks depends on the condition and model of the vehicle. Most can be bought for between £10,000 and £100,000.

Collector: Andrew Baker happily sitting in one of his 80 tanks Collector: Andrew Baker happily sitting in one of his 80 tanks
Jumping for joy: Andrew Baker's collection is his pride and joy and worth hundreds of thousands of pounds Jumping for joy: Andrew Baker’s collection is his pride and joy and worth hundreds of thousands of pounds
Mr Baker and his wife have been collecting tanks for more than 20 years and keep 80 in a shedMr Baker and his wife have been collecting tanks for more than 20 years and keep 80 in a shed

Mr Baker said: ‘The turreted tanks are the most valuable and if I sold them could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

‘It was just a hobby years ago, I decided to buy a tank and do it up and from there. It just grew and grew and grew.

‘It was something a bit different. For years I always liked Scorpion tanks.

Mr and Mrs Baker's love for Army tanks has resulted in the couple collecting more than 80 vehicles Mr and Mrs Baker’s love for Army tanks has resulted in the couple collecting more than 80 vehicles
Rare: Mr Baker's collection is the only one in the world to have a full set of armoured vehicles made only in Coventry Rare: Mr Baker’s collection is the only one in the world to have a full set of armoured vehicles made only in Coventry
Andrew Baker with one of his tanks
Andrew Baker with one of his tanks

Mechanic Andrew Baker swapped his job mending fork lifts to forge a career buying and Army vehicles

Niche: Sally Baker with husband Andrew sitting in two of the smaller tanks they operateNiche: Sally Baker with husband Andrew sitting in two of the smaller tanks they operate

‘I finally decided to buy one and used my skills as a mechanic to rebuild the tank as a collectors piece.’

The family buys tanks which are in poor condition or in bits.

Mr Baker said: ‘We completely take them apart, service them, paint them and put them back
together again.

‘Sometimes when we buy the tanks they are already in bits and we have to fit them back together like a giant jig-saw puzzle.

Mr Baker’s wife Sally is also a tank enthusiast. He said: ‘She joins in with the business, helps organise shows and can even drive them.’

Fan: Sally Baker in a Scimitar on display at a show. Mrs Baker is also a tank enthusiast like her husband Fan: Sally Baker in a Scimitar on display at a show. Mrs Baker is also a tank enthusiast like her husband

Enthusiast: Andrew Baker with some of his tanks which he keeps in a shed at his family home Enthusiast: Andrew Baker with some of his tanks which he keeps in a shed at his family home

An army of tanks collected by Mr and Mrs Baker including terrain vehicles and buggies An army of tanks collected by Mr and Mrs Baker including terrain vehicles and buggies

Mr Baker and his wife have been collecting tanks for more than 20 years which often go on display at shows Mr Baker and his wife have been collecting tanks for more than 20 years which often go on display at shows
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