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Great Britain's Beaverette Standard Car 4x2

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Beaverette Standard Car 4x2 near Ballykinlar on June 19, 1941:
Great Britain's Beaverette Standard Car 4x2 near Ballykinlar on June 19, 1941
©IWM, H10928

Design

The Beaverette was named after the Minister of Aircraft Production, Lord Beaverbrook.2

After the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from France in 1940 there were only two armored vehicles put into production, one being the Beaverette.2

Chassis

The chassis of the Beaverette was made from the Standard 14 saloon car.2

Variants

  • Beaverette Mk I: Covered in 11 mm mild steel.2 Open topped.2 3" oak planks went across the rear.2 Small vision slit in the front for the driver.2 Radiator grille was vertical.2
  • Beaverette Mk II: Used armor all around.2 Radiator grill was horizontal.2 Open top.2
  • Beaverette Mk III: Used armor all around and an enclosed top.2 Single door in the rear.2 Step in the front armor moved driver behind turret.2
  • Beaverette Mk IV: Step in front removed and driver in front of turret.2

Usage

Many of the Beaverettes were used for airfield defence.2

Specifications

  Beaverette
Crew  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 4,480 lb
Length 13' 6"
Height  
Width  
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Beaverette Mk II
Crew 31
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 2 tons1
2,040 kg1
Length 12' 6"1
3.81 m1
Height 5'1
1.524 m1
Width 5' 3"1
1.6 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main Boys ATR1
Secondary 7.7 mm (.303 cal) Bren MG1
OR 12.7 mm (.50 cal)
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 91
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Cylinders 41
Net HP 451
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 mph1
64.37 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Beaverette Mk III
Crew  
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5,824 lb
Length 10' 6"
Height 7' 1"
Width 5' 10"
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Engine (Make / Model)  
Cylinders  
Net HP  
Transmission  
Fuel type  
Octane  
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  
  Beaverette IV Light Reconnaissance Car
Crew 32
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 2.5 tons2
2,540 kg2
Length 10' 2"2
3.1 m2
Height 6' 8"2
2.03 m2
Width 5' 10"2
1.78 m2
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 0.303" Bren Light MG2
7.7 mm Bren light MG2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 102
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) Standard 142
Cylinders 42
Net HP 452
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline2
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 40 mph2
65 kph2
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
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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