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United States' M38 Armored Car

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Design

Chevrolet developed an armored car that would have excellent cross country capabilities. It was also intended to replace the M8.

Was standardized in March 1945.

A 6 wheeled with evenly spaced axles gave this armored car excellent ability in soft ground and getting over obstacles. The two forward axles pivoted for turning so as to not wear the tires unevenly.

Production

  • M38:
    • Manufacturer: Chevrolet Division of the General Motors Corporation

Specifications

  M38 Armored Car
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 15,300 lb
Length 16' 9.25"
Height 6' 6"
Width 8'
Ground clearance 14.5"
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 8.1 psi
Turret ring diameter 56"
Armament  
Main 37 mm M6
Secondary  
MG .30 M1919A4 coaxial
.50 M2 AA
Side arms 4: Carbines
Smoke pots
M8 Grenade launcher
Grenades
Quantity  
Main 93
Secondary  
MG 1,750
440
Side arms Smoke pots: 4
Grenades: 18
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 9 mm
Hull Front, Lower 9 mm
Hull Sides, Upper 9 mm
Hull Sides, Lower 9 mm
Hull Rear 9 mm
Hull Top 6 mm
Hull Bottom 9 mm
Turret Front 12 mm
Turret Sides 9 mm
Turret Rear 9 mm
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Cadillac 42
Transmission Hydra-Matic
Capacity 51 gallons
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 60 mph
Speed - Cross Country 35 mph
Range - Road 300 miles
Turning Radius 28'
Elevation Limits -10° to +20°
Fording depth 4'
Trench crossing 4' 2"
Vertical Obstacle 2'
Suspension (Type) Independent swing arm
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires 6
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
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