The L3/33 and L3/35 was designed for reconnaissance, security, and to support larger tanks.
L stood for light, and 3 for 3 tons.4 33 and 35 stood for 1933 and 1935 respectively.4 Originally called CV.33 and CV.35 until 1938 when were redesignated.
L3/33, Carro Veloce 33
During the 1920s the Italians saw a Carmen-Loyd two man tank and purchased some as well as getting the rights to manufacture them.3,7 Twenty-five were built and called the CV (Carro Veloce) 29 (CV-284).3,7
Was armed with a 6.5 mm water cooled machine gun, and later armed with and air cooled machine gun.
It had a bolted superstructure, improved vision equipment, and a Breda 13.2 mm machine gun.
L3/35, Carro Veloce 35
1,300 of the L3/35s were initially ordered (1,200 with machine guns, and 200 with 37 mm gun).
Only 300 were built and were designated Series I and were armed with a 6.5 mm MG.
Riveted and welded construction. The commander/gunner was on the left and the driver on the right.4
Engine was mounted in the rear, transversely.4 A circular radiator was mounted behind it.4 The transmission went to the front to the final drive.4
The suspension had two 3 wheel bogies on leaf spring and a single unsprung wheel on each side.4 There was a acacia wood rail that the top run of the tracks went on.4
In 1935 the Series II was produced with twin FIAT Model 18/35 machine guns