The Daimler Armored Car was an armored car that was used by Great Britain during World War II.


The vehicle had a gasoline powered, 95 hp, Daimler 27 engine capable of propelling the Daimler at speeds of up to 50 mph. The armament was a 40 mm (2 pdr) main gun, a coxial Besa machine gun and a Bren Mk. II light machine gun. The weight was 15,000 lb and the length is about 13 feet. [1]The Daimler was based on the Daimler Dingo and it had a crew of three.[2] It had a 5 forward, 5 reverse transmission and it could carry around fifty-two of the 40 mm rounds for its main gun.

The maximum range of the Daimler Armored Car was about 200 miles and it got around 5 mpg. The armor protection was around half an inch (14 mm) in most places and a little under that in others.[3]


The few variants of the Daimler Armored Car were the SOD (Saw-Off Daimler) which was basically a command vehicle with no turret, the Mk II which only had minor upgrades made such as an added escape hatch, and the last variant which is the Mk I CS (Close-Support) Daimler which was fitted with a 76 mm main gun, but it reached very low production levels. The Mk II was basically the same as the Mk I and really didn't have many modifications. It entered service in 1943 and it also had an improved mount for machine guns.[4]


The Daimler Armored Car's first prototype, the BSA Light Tank, appeared in 1939. Production began in small numbers in 1941, but it was not until 1942 that production rose to a substantial level. They were used in places such as the Dieppe Raid and in North Africa. Daimler Armored Cars were used up to the end of WWII and some have survived long after World War II.


  1. Commando picture Stories. D.C. Thompson & Co. Ltd 3715 - Red Army Raiders (Commando Action file - Frontline Wheels of War)

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