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Austin 3rd Series Armored Car


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Russia
First Produced/Service Dates: 1916
Manufactured by: Austin Motor Company
Crew:  5
Armament: (2) Turrets: Each Fitted with (1) Maxim 7.62mm Machine Gun
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline (50 hp)
Miscellaneous Info: Although the much improved Austin 2nd Series Armored Cars were much more successful than the initially built Austin 1st Series vehicles, yet another improved vehicle followed suit: the Austin 3rd Series Armored Car.  Another 60 cars were built for the Russians until the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution curtailed any further deliveries.  The 3rd Series cars were very similar to the "late" 2nd Series vehicles, specifically the inclusion of a rear driver's position.  However, in the case of the 3rd Series vehicles, the driver's position and mechanics were added at the Austin Factory in Great Britain and were not a subsequent addition by the Russians. As a result, the shape of the rear hull was different from that of the 2nd Series cars.  Instead, the rear hull was built in a square shape, with a downward stepped design to allow the driver a better field of vision.  Other prominent identifying features of the 3rd Series cars were a slimmer armored hull, metal rings on the top of the turrets and new, smaller rectangular protected vision ports.  These replaced the large roll-down square windows in the 1st and 2nd Series vehicles. Again, this was not the end of the Austin story.  One more vehicle type was yet to arrive: the Austin 3rd (Improved)/4th Series Armored Cars.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

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  Austin 3rd Series (German) Armored Car Photo Imperial War Museum

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Online

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Austin 3rd Series Armored Car Information & Photos PIBWL
Austin 3rd Series Armored Car Information & Photos Tank-Encyclopedia.com
Austin 3rd Series Armored Car Information & Photos War Is Over

Printed

Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Broneavtomobil 'Ostin' (Bronekollektsiya 1/97)

M. Baryatinsky & M. Kolomiyets

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
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

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Manchukuo Imperial Army Austin Armored Car (M055) Fairy Kikaku 1/35 Resin
Manchukuo Imperial Army Austin Armored Car (31) Fairy Planning Kits 1/72 Resin
Austin Mk III Armored Car Model Kit (72007) Master Box 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Austin Mk. III Armored Car Detail Set (NS72125) North Star Models 1/72 Photo-Etched Brass. For Master Box Kit.

Model Photos

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