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Rolls-Royce 1924 Pattern

Mark 1 Armoured Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1924
Manufactured by: Rolls-Royce, Ltd.
Crew: 2-3
Armament: Turret: (1) Vickers .303 MG; Commander: (1) .303 Lewis Gun (on some later vehicles)*
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The 1924 Pattern vehicle is similar to the earlier Rolls-Royce 1914 Admiralty Turreted and 1920 Pattern Armored Cars. That is not surprising as it is also based on the 40/50 horse power Silver Ghost Chassis, but with some additional improvements.  In fact, the Silver Ghost chassis was initially used on the First Admiralty Pattern vehicles and remained relatively unchanged until 1925.  Please note: Some sources state that 1924 Pattern vehicles produced after 1925 MAY have been based upon the Ghost's successor, the similar Phantom 1 chassis.

Although the 1924 Pattern vehicle was listed as the "Mark 1", there is no indication that a Mark 2 vehicle was ever produced. The identification of the (3) three similar Rolls-Royce turreted vehicle types is 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" 1924 pattern vehicle characteristics include a new smaller turret with commander's cupola, the machine gun fitted in ball-mount, "dome" added above driver to increase headroom, driver's cab front armor plate split into two separate vision ports, anti-bullet "splash" rails on hood, rear hatch now mounted on left-side of hull (instead of in the middle), larger storage chests on vehicle rear and the addition of a tailgate.

* In 1940, some vehicles of the 11th Hussars were upgraded with new non-revolving "turrets" mounting a (1) .55 caliber BOYS anti-tank rifle and (1) .303 caliber BREN light machine gun (See photo below). Some references indicate the vehicles mounted Frazier-Nash turret, but they were in fact built by Nairn Transport Company, Cairo.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Rolls-Royce 1924 Pattern Mark 1 Armored Car Photos US Library of Congress via Mark Holloway - Beatty, Nevada USA
  Rolls-Royce 1924 Pattern Mark 1 Armored Car Photo (Modified 1940) British War Office

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
"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
War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War David Fletcher
Wheels of the RAF: Vehicles of the Flying Services Through Two World Wars Bruce Robertson

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Rolls-Royce Pattern 1924 Armored Car Model Kit

Model Review by John Ratzenberger at Eastern Carolina Plastic Modelers (IPMS/USA) Website

JMGT/Socrate

1/35 Resin, white metal and photo-etched brass details.
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
       

Model Photos

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