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Italy's Fiat/Spa truck

Design

Before its entry into World War II the Italian military did try to standardize on the truck models that were to be used. The Fiat/Spa was a dated design however.

To start the Fiat/Spa's engine someone had to hand crank it.

Usage

Great Britain's Usage

As the Fiat/Spa didn't have a carburetor to get plugged up with sand the British valued the captured Fiat/Spas.

German Usage

After the Italian surrender, the Germans confiscated and then used the Fiat/Spas in all theaters of operation.

Specifications

  Fiat/Spa truck
Crew 1
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 3,553 lb
1,615 kg
Length 12' 5.6"
3.8 m
Height 7' 0.6 m
2.15 m
Width 4' 3.2"
1.3 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Wheelbase  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Engine (Make / Model) OM Autocarretta 32
Cylinders 4
Cooling  
Net HP 21
Transmission (Type)  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road  
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 156 miles
250 km
Turning Radius  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Tires  

Sources:

  1. Armored Fighting Vehicles, 300 of the World's Greatest Military Vehicles, Philip Trewhitt, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site