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Simms Motor Scout
|Country of Origin/Used by:||Great Britain|
|First Produced/Service Dates:||1898/1899|
|Manufactured by:||Vehicle: Beeston Motor Cycle Company*; Armor/Gun: Fitted by Frederick Simms & Co.|
|Armament:||(1) .303 Maxim Machine Gun|
|Engine:||(1) Cylinder 1.5 hp de Dion-Bouton Engine|
Along with the American
Davidson-Duryea 3-wheeled car,
this vehicle is considered one of the first armed and self-propelled
wheeled fighting vehicles ever
built; and most likely THE first such British vehicle.
Although the vehicle was never
adopted for service it demonstrated the
armored/armed military vehicle concept and led to the much-improved Simms Motor War Car.
* Most sources state that the base vehicle used was the de Dion, Bouton et Compagnie quadricycle. However, David Fletcher (see the the hyperlink below and the book "War Cars") states the vehicle actually used was a Beeston built quadricycle mounting a de Dion-Bouton engine.
|Data Sheet Available:||None Avaiable|
|Simms Motor Scout Photo (Above)||Dave Haugh - Content Editor|
|A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars||George Forty|
|"Armoured Pioneers" (April 2019 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine)||David Fletcher|
|Early Armoured Cars (AFV Weapons Profile #9)||Maj. General N.W. Duncan|
|Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209)||E. Bartholomew|
|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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