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Austro-Daimler Model 1904/1905

Armored Car

Model 1905


Country of Origin/Used by: Austria
First Produced/Service Dates: 1904-1905
Manufactured by: Osterreichische Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft
Crew: 4
Armament: Turret: (1) Water-Cooled Maxim Machine Gun (Model 1904); (2) Machine Guns (Model 1905)
Engine: 4 Cylinder 35 hp Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: This vehicle is widely considered to be THE first modern armored car design, although only one vehicle was reportedly built. It features full body armor, revolving turret, disc wheels and is equipped with 4-wheel drive.  The difference between the Model 1904 and 1905 designations is a turret/weapon modification.  The 1904 turret is dome shaped, fully enclosed and mounts one machine gun.  However, the 1905 turret is cut-away in the rear in order to accomodate a second machine gun; and possibly a 37mm cannon indicated by some references.
Data Sheet Available:   Austro-Daimler Model 1904/1905 Armored Car by Dave Haugh


Reference Source/Provider
  Austro-Daimler Model 1904 Armored Car Photo The Dave Haugh Collection
  Austro-Daimler Model 1904 Armored Car Illustration Scientific American Magazine Cover (October 17, 1914) via Dan Schlenoff
  Austro-Daimler Model 1905 Armored Car Photo (and Above) The Dave Haugh Collection
  "New Armored War Automobiles" (March 17, 1906 issue of Scientific American Magazine) Scientific American Magazine

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"Anecdotes from the Archives: Censorship and Armored Cars, Circa 1914"  by Dan Schlenoff Scientific American Blog Network
Austro-Daimler Armored Car Information & Photos Landships II
Austro-Daimler Model 1904 Armored Car Line Drawings Blue Prints.Com


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A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
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

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