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Great Britain's Guy Armored Cars

Design

The Guy was the first 4 x 4 built for the British Army.

Guy used welding construction that speeded up production.

101 were built, but then Guy got involved in the production of other vehicles so production on the armored car was stopped. They however, continued to produce the hulls and turrets that were sent to the Karrier company for building the Humber armored car.

It used four wheel drive without independent suspension.

Chassis

The Guy was built on a Quad-Ant artillery tractor chassis.

Engine

The engine was located at the rear of the Guy.

Prototype

The Guy was selected after a long trial. The pilot used riveted construction.

Production

  • Prototype: 1
  • Guy Armored Car: 100
  • Total: 101
    • Production: ? - October 1940

Variants

  • Guy Armored Car Mk I: Used Vickers machine guns.
  • Guy Armored Car Mk IA: Used Besa machine guns.

Usage

Six saw action in France and then were used for training.

Specifications

  Guy Armored Car
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5,285 kg
5.2 tons
Length 13' 6"
4.11 m
Height 7' 6"
2.28 m
Width 6' 9"
2.05 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 12.7 mm (.5") or 15 mm (.59") Besa MG
Secondary 7.7 mm (.303") or 7.92 mm (.31") MG
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 15
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) Meadows
Cylinders  
HP  
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 mph
65 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 210 miles
340 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Guy Armored Car Mk I
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5.2 tons
5,283 kg
Length 13' 6"
4.12 m
Height 7' 6"
2.29 m
Width 6' 9"
2.06 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 0.5" Vickers MG
1: 12.7 mm Vickers MG
Secondary 1: 0.303" Vickers MG
1: 7.7 mm Vickers MG
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 15
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) Meadows
Cylinders  
HP 53
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 mph
64 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 210 miles
338 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Guy Armored Car Mk IA
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5.2 tons
5,283 kg
Length 13' 6"
4.12 m
Height 7' 6"
2.29 m
Width 6' 9"
2.06 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 0.59" Besa MG
15 mm Besa MG
Secondary 1: 0.312" Besa MG
1: 7.92 mm Besa MG
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 15
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) Meadows
Cylinders  
HP 53
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 mph
64 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 210 miles
338 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
  3. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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