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Great Britain's Crossley-Chevrolet Armored Car
Indian Pattern Armored Car

Design

These were refurbished Crossley India Pattern cars. The chassis was replaced by a Chevrolet truck chassis.

It had pressed steel wheels with balloon tires.

The engine was located in front. Behind it was the fighting compartment with a domed turret on top. On top of the turret was an observation dome. Some vehicles had searchlights mounted on top of the turret. Internally the sides were lined with asbestos to help keep the crew insulated from the heat.

Electrify

One odd defensive measure was that the crew could electrify the exterior to help ward off anyone climbing on board.

Production

Production started in 1923.

Usage

About 20 were used in Palestine on the attack of the Vichy controlled Syria between 1940 and 1941. They were then given to the Persian Army in 1942.

Specifications

  Crossley-Chevrolet Armored Car,
Indian Pattern Armored Car
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5 tons
5,080 kg
Length 16' 6"
5.03 m
Height 7' 1"
2.16 m
Width 6'
1.83 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 2: 0.303" MG
2: 7.7 mm MG
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 8
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Crossley
Cylinders 6
Fuel type Gasoline
HP 50
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 mph
65 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 125 miles
200 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. World Encyclopedia of Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jack Livesey, 2006
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