S1 Scout Car

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Scout Car S1
Scout Car S1 (American)
Place of originAustralia
Service history
Used byUnited States
WarsWorld War II
Production history
ManufacturerFord Australia
No. built40
Mass4 tonnes
Length4.4 m (14 ft 5 in)
Width1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Crew5 (Commander, Driver, 3 Gunners)

Armor6 mm
1 .50 Browning M2HB machine gun
2 .30 Browning M1917A1
EngineFord V8
95 hp (71 kW)
Power/weight23.7 hp/tonne
Suspension4x2 or 4x4, leaf spring

Scout Car S1 (American) is an armoured car produced in Australia for the United States Army during the Second World War.

History and description[edit]

In 1942, the United States Army Air Forces (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.


As of late 2017, two S1 cars are known to be preserved: one under restoration at the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum, in Cairns,[1] and another in a private collection.[n 1]


  1. ^ As posted in Facebook on 10 Nov 2017 by the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum.




  • 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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