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M8 Greyhound Light Armored Car


Specifications

Country of Origin/Used by: USA/Most Allied Armies During WWII.  Also, Post War with many countries including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, & Mexico.
First Produced/Service Dates: 1943-1945
Manufactured by: Ford Motor Company
Crew: 4
Armament: Main: 37mm Cannon; Co-Axial: .30 cal.; Secondary: .50 cal HMG on Pintle Mount or on M49 Ring Mount
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The M8 was developed from the T22 and T22E1 armored car prototypes.  The M8 also shares many of the same components, including the chassis as the M20 Armored Utility Car.  Also, a later development of the Greyhound was Brazil's 4x4 M8 Brasileiro CRR, which was essentially a post-war modified M8.
Data Sheet Available: None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
M8 Greyhound Photos (Photo Credit: U.S. Army & US Signal Corps) David Haugh - Content Editor
M8 Greyhound Photos (from Patton Museum and Beltring UK) Erik Johansen - South Shields, Tyne & Wear UK
M8 Greyhound Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
M8 Greyhound Photos (Photographed at the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum - Huntsville, Alabama USA) Patrick Keenan
M8 Greyhound Photos [Marked as a US Constabulary Army Vehicle (1946-1952)] - Displayed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky USA Patrick Keenan
M8 Greyhound Photos (Photos taken at Patton Museum, Ft. Knox and I-355 "Veteran's Highway" Dedication Ceremony) Sean Lynch - AMPS Chicagoland
M8 Greyhound Photos Michael Riedeman - Maryland, USA
M8 Greyhound Photos William Testaert - Brussels, Belgium
M8 Greyhound Photos (from 2005 Beltring UK) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
M8 Greyhound Photos (Saumur, France) Dennis Trowbridge
  M8 Greyhound (Photo taken at The Tank Museum - Bovington, UK) Dennis Trowbridge
  Brazilian M8 Greyhound with Mercedes-Benz Diesel Engine EE Engesa via David Haugh
  Canadian M8 Greyhound (Brigadier Rockingham's Command vehicle: Korea War Era) Canadian Public Archives via Kevin Ingraham - Binghamton, New York USA
Canadian M8 Greyhound Photos Patrick Keenan
   Colombian M8 Greyhound "Escarabajo" Photos with M45/M55 Quad .50 cal Turret Douglas Cornejo - San Salvador, El Salvado via Julio Montes - California, USA
Columbian M8 Escarabajo ("Beetle") Anti-Riot Vehicle Photos (Heaviiy Modified M8 Greyhound) Julio Montes - California USA
  French M8 Greyhound Photo (Algeria - 1950's) German Bundesarchiv
      German (Captured) M8 Greyhound Photos Dave Haugh
  German (Captured) M8 Greyhound Photo German Bundesarchiv
   Guatemalan M8 Greyhound Photos Fernando Diaz via Julio Montes - California USA
Guatemalan M8 Greyhound

The Guatemalan M8 Greyhounds exchanged their gasoline engines to Detroit diesel 4-53N V4 rated at 140hp at 2,800 RPM, matched to Allison AT545 transmission. Their 37mm cannons continued to be used until the end, although there was a plan to replace the turret with an Oerlikon-Contraves model.

Julio Montes
Guatemalan M8 Greyhound Oscar Valladares - Guatemala
  Mexican M8 Greyhound Modificado

Local industry upgraded the vehicle with a package developed by Napco International.  Some 40 M8 were upgraded, replacing the original gasoline engine with a Detroit diesel 4-53N V4 rated at 140hp at 2,800 RPM, matched to Allison AT545 transmission.  They also streamlined the vehicle hull and re-arranged the interior to improve combat readiness and crew comfort. The original 37mm M6 gun was replaced by an Oerlikon 20mm AKAN MK46 cannon with a 7.62mm machine gun mounted co-axially.  The cannons were later replaced once more for South African F2 models.  This 20mm gun fires high speed ammunition (1100 m/s) at a 740 rpm.
Julio Montes

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"British Armored Car Production Figures - 1945" Peter Brown
"British Armored Cars in the Middle East, Late 1942" Peter Brown (Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal - Issue #33) Peter Brown
  War Department Field Manual FM 2-6 "Crew Drill, Light Armored Car M8" US Government Printing Office via David Haugh - Content Editor
"French Armored Cars: 1902-1945" (Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal - Issue #22) Raymond Surlemont
M8 Greyhound Information and Photos Roberts Armory.Com Website
M8 Greyhound Photos IPMS/USA Silicon Valley Scale Modelers Website
Photos of the West German Police (Bundesgrenzschutz) (Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal - Issue #29) Andreas Hanke

Printed

Reference Author
American Armored Fighting Vehicles - World War Two AFV Plans George Bradford
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Captured Armored Cars and Other Vehicles In Wehrmacht Service in World War 2 Werner Regenberg
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert Icks
Light Armoured Car M8 & Armoured Utility Car M20 (#MV-08: Military Vehicle Workshop Series) Allied Command Productions
Mexican and Central American Armor (Darlington Productions) Julio Montes
M8/M20 Armored Cars Walk Around -Available in Soft and Hard Cover Format(Squadron/Signal Productions) Jim Mesko
"M8 Greyhound" (October 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) John Blackman
M8 Greyhound Armored Car (1941-1991) Osprey Publications
M8 Greyhound /M20 Utility Vehicle Technical Manual (TM 9-743) CD-ROM

Review by Patrick Keenan

Easy 1 Productions
U.S. Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #40 Robert J. Icks
U.S. Armored Cars in Action Jim Mesko
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon
U.S. WW II M8/M20 Armored Cars (Technical Manual Series - 6021) Tankograd Publishing

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Monogram 1/32 Out of Production; Good Starter Kit
M8 Greyhound Model Kit ADV/Azimut 1/35 Resin
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Italeri 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic;
M8 Greyhound Model Kit

Hyperlink to AMPS-Central Virginia "Group Build" Article

Tamiya (Newer Tooled) 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Best Greyhound kit out there.
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Tamiya (Old Production from late 1960's- Early 1970's) 1/35 Plastic.  Out of Production-Collector's Kit; Toy-like and Motorized
M8 Greyhound Model Kit

Review by George Bradford

Kengi Conversions 1/48 Resin
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit (32551)

Kit Review by Patrick Keenan

Tamiya 1/48 Plastic.
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Extra Tech Accessories 1/72 Resin?
M8 Greyhound Model Kit Italeri 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M8 Greyhound Detail Set (35072) Aber Accessories 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8/M20 Fenders Aber Accessories 1/35  
M8/M20 Stowage Boxes Aber Accessories 1/35  
37 mm M6 US Barrel Aber Accessories 1/72  
M8 Light Armored Car Instruments and Placard set (AR35312) Archer Fine Transfers 1/35 Decals; Could possibly work for M20 Utility Vehicle.
M8 Greyhound Road Wheels with Chains (R35-080) Armorscale 1/35 Resin.  For any 1/35 Greyhound?
M8/M20 Wheels Calibre 72 1/72  
"M8's Around The World" Markings (DM-029) Decalomaniacs 1/35 Decals
M8 Greyhound Detail Set (35200) Eduard Accessories 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8 Greyhound Detail Set (35218) Eduard Accessories 1/35 For Italeri Kit
M-8 Greyhound Detail Set (22077) Eduard Accessories 1/72 For Italeri Kit
M-8 Greyhound Interior & Exterior Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
M-8 Greyhound Exterior Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
M-8 Greyhound Wheel Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
M-8 Greyhound Snow-Chained Wheel Detail Set Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
Spanish M8, M20 and C15 'Trumphy' Markings (FCM35215) FC Model Trend 1/35 Decals.
"M8, M20, Panzer IV y Stug III en Espana" (48201) FC Model Trend 1/35 Decals.
M8/M20 Engine Compartment Jaguar 1/35  
M8 Wheels with Snow Chains Jaguar 1/35 Should work with M20
37mm M6 Gun Barrel Jordi Rubio Accessories 1/35 Turned Aluminum
M8 Greyhound Stowage Set (LF1275) Legend Productions 1/35 Resin.
M8/M20 Wheel Set Masters Productions 1/35 Resin Replacement for Kit Parts
M8/M20 Glacis Plate with Winter Wheel Chains Masters Productions 1/35 Resin Replacement for Kit Parts
Tow Cable for M3, M5, M8 & M20 Minimeca 1/35  
M8/M20 Armored Car Tire Chain Set (AVM35018)   Minor Model 1/24 Photo Etched Brass.
M8/M20 Chained Wheel Set (MT72043) ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin
M8 Greyhound (Guatemala Set) MR Model 1/35  
M6 37mm Gun Barrel (G35-040) Orange Hobby 1/35 Brass
M8 Greyhound Deep Wading Kit Ordnance Models 1/35 White Metal
Complete Engine Snow chained Wheels & Details for M8/M20 Real Models 1/35  
M8/M20 Workable Front Steering Set Resicast 1/35  
M8 & M20 Fenders Royal Model 1/35  
US M8 Greyhound Update Set Royal Model 1/35 Resin and Brass
"Congo Crisis #1" Decal Sheet (35-984) Star Decals (was Bison Models) 1/35 Decals; (covering Swedish UN M8 Armored Cars & M3A1 Scout Cars).
M8 Greyhound Deep Wading Kit (TWMA009) Tank Workshop 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8 Greyhound Deep Wading Kit (TWMA034) Tank Workshop 1/35 Will work for M20
M8 Greyhound Tires with Snow Chains Tank Workshop 1/35  
M8 Greyhound Armor Set Tank Workshop 1/35  
M8 Cargo Rack Tank Workshop 1/35  
“Indochine #3: The Foreign Legion - 1er REC" (35-C1218) Star Decals 1/35 Decals with markings for the M8 Greyhound.
“Indochine #1: The Foreign Legion - 1er REC" (72-A1028) Star Decals 1/72 Decals with markings for the M3A1 White Scout Car, M8 Greyhound and Humber Scout Car.
"Captured & Non-Standard Vehicles in Polish service" (35D32) Toro Model 1/35 Decals. Markings for AB41 Armored Car, M8 Greyhound and possibly the Kubelwagen & Schwimmwagen.
"Captured & Non-Standard Vehicles in Polish service" (48D15) Toro Model 1/48 Decals. Markings for AB41 Armored Car, M8 Greyhound, Kubelwagen & Schwimmwagen.
M8/M20 Engine & Compartment (VP1442) Verlinden Productions 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8 Interior & Exterior Detail Set (VP1453) Verlinden Productions 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8/M20 Stowage Compartments (VP1455) Verlinden Productions 1/35 For Tamiya Kit
M8/M20 Wheels Verlinden Productions 1/35  

Model Photos

Model Kit Source/Provider
M8 Greyhound Armored Car (1/35 Tamiya) Model Kit Photos Chuck Aleshire - Shorewood, IL
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit Photos (1/35- Tamiya) Steve Allen - Monticello, Iowa USA
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit Photos (1/35- Tamiya) Frank Blanton - Richmond, Virginia USA
M8 Greyhound (Canadian General Rockingham's Converted Command Vehicle) Model Photos Steve Guthrie - Peterborough, ONT Canada
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Kit Photos (1/35- Tamiya) John Staehle - Deming, New Mexico USA
M8 Greyhound Armored Car Model Photos (1/35 Tamiya) Dave Williams - UK (Owner/Editor of Dave's Tank Workshop Website)