S1 Scout Car

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Scout Car S1
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Scout Car S1 (American)
Place of origin  Australia
Service history
Used by  United States
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed 1942
Manufacturer Ford Australia
Number built 40
Specifications
Weight 4 tonnes
Length 4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
Width 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Crew 5 (Commander, Driver, 3 Gunners)

Armor 6 mm
Main
armament
.50 Browning M2HB machine gun
Secondary
armament
2 .30 Browning M1917A1
Engine Ford V8
95 hp (71 kW)
Power/weight 23.7 hp/tonne
Suspension 4x2 or 4x4, leaf spring

Scout Car S1 (American), was an armoured car produced in Australia for the US Army during the Second World War.

History and description[edit]

In 1942, the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in Australia issued a requirement for a light armoured car to be used in patrolling and airfield defence. The requirement resulted in a vehicle designated Scout Car S1 (American). About 40 vehicles were produced by Ford Australia.

The vehicle was based on a Ford F15 4x2 chassis (a single 4x4 vehicle was built). The open-topped armoured hull was similar to that of the M3 Scout Car. The armament consisted of one .50 inch (12.7 mm) heavy machine gun and two .30 inch machine guns on skate rails, operated by the crew of five.

References[edit]

  • Michael K. Cecil - Australian Military Equipment Profiles vol. 3, Australian Scout and Armoured Cars 1933 to 1945, 1993 Australian Military Equipment Profiles, ISBN 0-646-14611-4.

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