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Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern

Armoured Car

 

Early vehicle with Maxim Machine Gun


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: Late 1914
Manufactured by: Rolls-Royce, Ltd.
Crew: 2-3
Armament: Turret: (1) Maxim .303 Machine Gun (Early Vehicles) or Vickers .303 MG (Later Vehicles); Commander: (1) .303 Lewis Gun (on some later vehicles) *
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 Rolls Royce 1914 armored car was one of those new "Admiralty Turreted" Pattern vehicles, along with similar vehicles includng the Lanchester 4x2, Clement-Talbot and Delaunay-Belleville armored cars. The 1914 Pattern vehicles were based on the 40/50 horse power Rolls Royce Silver Ghost car chassis.

Although not the first vehicle using that design, it was the most numerous and most famous.  In fact, the Silver Ghost chassis was initially used on the First Admiratly Pattern vehicles and remained relatively unchanged until 1925. Not surprisingly then, the 1914 Admiralty pattern cars are very similar to the later turreted
Rolls-Royce 1920 and 1924 Pattern Armored Cars
Thusly, the identification of the (3) three similar Rolls-Royce turreted vehicle types can be difficult at times. The vehicles were upgraded and improved a number of times as they were in service for many years. For instance, older pattern hulls were sometimes fitted to new vehicle suspension & drive trains.  "Typical" 1914 Admiralty Turreted pattern vehicle characteristics include spoked-wheels, a lower/smaller turret,  solid front engine plates and the driver's cab front armor plate having vision slits that are on the same level.

* Experiments were carried out to mount the heavier Vickers 1 Pounder (40mm) Quick Fire "Pom Pom" gun, but it was not successful and only saw limited service.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
  Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photo British War Office
  Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photo (Australian Vehicle with cut down Turret) British War Office
Early Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photo (Above) Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh
  Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photo (Royal Air Force) Dave Haugh
  Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photo (with Heightened Turret Cupola) Dave Haugh
  Rolls-Royces of No. 3 RAF Armoured Car Company: Palestine 1929 (1914 pattern turret, 1920 pattern updated chassis/suspension?)  Gordon Angus Mackinlay - Australia
    Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photos (with new wheels/tires) US Library of Congress via Mark Holloway - Beatty, Nevada USA
  Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photo (1914 pattern body, 1920 pattern turret & new wheels/tires) US Library of Congress
  Israeli Haganah Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Photo (with new wheels/tires) Robert Goldman - Kfar Saba, Israel

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"Experience with Heavy Vehicles during World War 1" By W.F. Bradley Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #27)
"Rolls Royce Armoured Cars"  By Frank Canvin Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club of Australia
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car Information and Photos Rolls-Royce Enthusiast Club

Printed

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
  "Armoured Ghost, The" (Building the 1/35 Roden Rolls Royce Pattern 1914 Armored Car model kit) (August 2014 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) Mikael Terfors
"Battlefield Royalty" (August 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Tim Gosling
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
Rolls Royce Armoured Car, The (Osprey New Vanguard #189) David Fletcher
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car Owners' Workshop Manual: 1915-44 (All Models) (Haynes Publishing) David Fletcher
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

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

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Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted Pattern Armored Car Model Kit (35.1185)

Resicast 1/35 Multi-Media

Rolls-Royce 1914 Pattern Armored Car Model Kit (RO803)

Roden

1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
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Model Photos

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