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Lanchester 4x2 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain (Belgium & Russia as well)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1915
Manufactured by: Lanchester Motor Company
Crew: 4
Armament: Turret: (1) Maxim .303 Machine Gun (Early Vehicles) or Vickers .303 MG (Later Vehicles)*; Stowed Inside: (1) .303 Lewis MG which could be fired from pistol ports.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: Following the first standardized armored cars designed by the Admiralty (First Pattern) at the beginning of World War One, a new design of armored car was put forth. Among other things, the new vehicles were fitted with a new armored hull, a fully enclosed crew compartment and a rotating turret which mounted a machine gun. The Lanchester 4x2 was one of those new "Admiralty Turreted" Pattern vehicles, along with similar vehicles includng the Rolls-Royce 1914, Clement-Talbot and Delaunay-Belleville armored cars. The 4x2 Lanchesters were based on the slightly upgraded "Sporting 40" Touring Car design.

The Lanchesters were used mostly by the British Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), however a few also saw service with the Army, as well as with Belgian and Russian forces.  Although some sources state that the Belgian and Russian vehicles were of a slightly different design than the British machines, others state they were not.  However, we do know that many of the Russian vehicles had a few slight modifications made to the cars, including an added turret cupola and side mounted machine gun shields.

* A number of the Russian vehicles also had the turret machine gun replaced with a 37mm Cannon, thought to be a Hotchkiss Naval Gun.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Photos Imperial War Museum

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Information & Photos Landships II
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Information & Photos Military Factory.com
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Information & Photos On War.com
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Information & Photos Tanks Encyclopedia.com
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Line Drawings The Blue-Prints.com


Reference Author
AFV Plans: 1914-1938 Armored Fighting Vehicles (Stackpole Books) George Bradford
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Early Armoured Cars (AFV Profile #9) Major General N.W. Duncan
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Talbot in the First World War (Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Register, Ltd) Stephen Lally & John Tomsett
The Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum: Armoured Cars (1900-1963)  
War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War David Fletcher
"Work of Genius" -  (October Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Fletcher

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Model Kit (35034) Armo 1/35 Multi-Media. Out of Production?
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Model Kit (35001) Copper State Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Model Kit (7207) ModelKrak 1/72 Resin.
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Model Kit (AC18) Reviresco 1/72 White Metal; British or Russian Options
Lanchester 4x2 Armored Car Model Kit (WDAC03) W^D Models 1/72 Multi-Media.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

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