Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger has own tank, and he’s not afraid to crush limousines with it. Even better, Arnold and his tank, 331, have history: It’s the exact same tank he drove in in the Austrian Army, decades before, when he was a draftee.
This video, shot for CNBC’s “Make It” show, has comedian and late night TV host Jay Leno visiting Schwarzenegger and 331 to crush a limousine. The two board the tank, reverse the turret to protect the barrel, and turn a four foot tall limousine into a two foot tall limo. The M47, with a horsepower to weight ratio of sixteen to one, is underpowered for a tank but can still run over a junked limo with ease.
Schwarzenegger first learned to drive a tank in Austria in the 1960s, when he was conscripted into the Austrian Army. The M47 Patton main battle tank was developed for the U.S. Army for service in the Korean War. The M47 featured a 90-millimeter main gun, weighed 50 tons, and was powered by a Continental AVDS 1790-5B V-12 engine developing 800 horsepower.
The M47 served with the US Army for a relatively short time before it was replaced by the newer, redesigned M48, and the tanks were given away as surplus to a number of friendly countries, Austria included.
Arnold apparently enjoyed his time in the military, though he was punished for an with a six hour crawl through an obstacle course. He also from his yearlong national service to compete in a bodybuilding exhibition in neighboring Germany, which earned him a short stay in a military jail.
Arnold purchased the M47 from Austria when it was retired from Army service, and the tank spent several years at the in Ohio. He asked for the tank back in 2008 and since then gives tank rides to schoolkids in return for staying in school.
Jay Leno’s “tank” in the clip is a , a former British Army reconnaissance vehicle. It’s unclear that Leno actually owns the Ferret.