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Great Britain's Daimler Armored Cars


In August 1939 development of the Daimler was started. It was based on the BSA Scout Car that was in trials at the time.

The Daimler had no chassis as the suspension was attached directly to the hull.

The Daimler had Girling hydraulic disc brakes.


These had problems as the weight of the vehicle overload the transmission. These were fixed, but not until April 1941 did the first production vehicles appear. The five forward gears could be also used in reverse. There was a fluid flywheel torque converter instead of a normal clutch.


There were two locations for driving the Daimler, at the front and rear. The driver was positioned at the front, and the commander could use the rear location to quickly drive the Daimler out of danger.


The first Daimler prototypes appeared in late 1939.


  • Daimler: 2,694


  • Daimler Mk I: Used turret that was used on Tetrarch tank. Some had smoke dischargers on turret sides. Some guns were fitted with Littlejohn Adaptor that would squeeze projectile and allow for greater armor penetration.
  • Daimler Mk I CS: Had 76.2 mm gun installed but few produced.
  • Daimler Mk II: Improved turret. Entered service in 1943. Gun mounting was improved. The radiator had better protection. The driver received an escape hatch.


First used in North Africa during 1941 and 1942. These would replace the Marmon-Herrington vehicles.


  Daimler Mk I Armored Car
Crew 3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 7.5 tons
7,620 kg
Length 13'
3.96 m
Height 7' 4"
2.235 m, 2.24 m
Width 8'
2.44 m
Ground clearance  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Main 2 pdr
40 mm
MG 1: 0.312" Besa MG
1: 7.92 mm Besa MG
MG - coaxial 1: 7.92 mm Besa MG
Side arms  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 16
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) Daimler
Cylinders 6
Net HP 95
Fuel type Gasoline, Gasoline
Speed - Road 50 mph
80.5 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 205 miles
330 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Double coil spring
Wheels each side  


  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. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
  3. World Encyclopedia of Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jack Livesey, 2006
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