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Austin 2nd Series Armored Car

"Early" 2nd Series Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Russia
First Produced/Service Dates: 1915
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 Austin 1st Series Armored Cars were modestly successful, their suspension and engine were overburdened due to the heavy weight of thicker armor added by the Russians. As a result, an improved vehicle was quickly designed and produced; the Austin 2nd Series Armored Car. Approximately 60 cars were eventually built.  The most significant improvement was to base the 2nd Series Cars on a 1 1/2 ton truck chassis with the added benefit of a more powerful 50 hp engine. Prominent identifying features of the 2nd Series cars are a lower cab (which allowed full forward movement of the machine gun turrets) and a shorter rear hull which did NOT extend to the end of the chassis (See Below). 

As the armor was deemed sufficient upon construction, the Russians did NOT improve that aspect of the vehicles.  However, the Russians did decide to add a second, rear driver's position to the vehicles sometime after their arrival from Great Britain.  Those "late" vehicles can be differentiated from the "early" vehicles by the inclusion of a triangular-shaped addition to the rear hull (which housed the new driver's position).  Whereas the early 2nd Series vehicles had a shorter, square-shaped rear hull.  Finally, ALL 2nd Series vehicles were fitted with side mounted machine gun shields. This vehicle was not the end of the line for the Austin cars. the upgraded Austin 3rd Series Armored Car followed soon after and finally the
Austin 3rd (Improved)/4th Series Armored Cars.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


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  Austin 2nd Series ("Early") Armored Car Photo Imperial War Museum

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Austin 2nd Series Armored Car Information & Photos PIBWL
Austin 2nd Series Armored Car Information & Photos Tank-Encyclopedia.com
Austin 2nd Series Armored Car Information & Photos War Is Over


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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

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