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Peerless (1919) Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1919
Manufactured by: Chassis: Peerless Truck and Motor Co. (USA); Armored Body: Austin Motor Co. (UK)
Crew: 4
Armament: (2) .303 Hotchkiss Machine Guns in Twin Turrets
Engine: 4 Cylinder?, 40 h.p.
Miscellaneous Info:
American Peerless TC4 truck chassis were sold and delivered to the Russians,  however, they were diverted to Great Britain after the October Revolution of 1917 .  After World War One, the British then decided to use those chassis by mating them with ex-Austin twin turreted armoured car hulls.  The Tank Museum at Bovington Peerless vehicle is marked for County of London Yeomanry aka "Sharpshooters" in the 1920s when they were used during the General Strike of 1926.

Notes Regarding the Austin Armoured Cars: The Austin two-turret Armoured car designs were also sold to the Russians and delivered to them until the October Revolution of 1917. The final batch was not delivered to the Russians and the Austin cars were used by the 17th Battalion Tank Corps in 1918.  One or two were still around in the dark days of 1940 when anything which could move was used. The Irish Army (Eire or the Republic of Ireland) got seven (7) in 1921 and used them for many years before recycling the turrets (one to each vehicle) onto locally-built Ford Mark V armoured cars in 1940.

Miscellaneous info courtesy of Peter Brown.


Reference Source/Provider
    Peerless (1919) Armored Car Photos (taken at the Tank Museum - Bovington, UK) Joel Gewirtz - Northbrook, Illnois USA
Peerless (1919) Armored Car Detail Photos (Taken at the Tank Museum - Bovington, UK) Alan McNeilly - Great Britain
  Peerless (1919) Armored Car Photo National Library of Ireland via "7996"
Peerless (1919) Armored Car Photos (taken at the Tank Museum -Bovington, UK) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
"1/76 Peerless 1919 Armored Car Scale Plans"  By Geoff Lacey Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #28)


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Early Armoured Cars, AFV #9 Major General N.W. Duncan
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War David Fletcher

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Reference Source/Provider
Peerless (1919) Armored Car Model Photos (1/35 Scratchbuilt) "Mecanix" - Skellig Michael, Ireland