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Beaverette Mark 4

Light Reconnaissance Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain & Ireland
First Produced/Service Dates: 1940-1941?
Manufactured by: Standard Motor Company
Crew: 2 or 3
Armament: Turret: (1) Bren .303 or (2) .303 Vickers "K" Machine Guns.
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: This vehicle was the last in a series of four (4) Beaverette Light Reconnaissance Car versions produced.  Like its predecessor the Beaverette Mark 3, the Mark 4 was also built using a monocoque chassis, unlike the earlier Mark 1 and Mark 2 Beaverette designs.  Like the Mark 3, it also had a fully enclosed hull and turret, although the front hull was redesigned. The new front hull was "stepped" (vs. flat) which offered better protection, comfort and observation for the crew.  The Beaverette series was designed as a stop-gap measure by the British to replace the armored vehicles lost during the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940.  These vehicles were intended to be used by the Home Guard or to defend Royal Air Force (RAF) air fields, which they did throughout the war.

In approximately 1943 a number of Mark 3 and Mark 4 Beaverettes were transferred to Ireland, which named them the Type 9 Armored Car. In the early 1950's the top armor and turrets were removed and renamed scout cars. These modified vehicles were mostly used in a training capacity until the early 1960's.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
  Beaverette Mark 4 Light Recon Car Photo The British War Office

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Beaverette LRC Information & Photos Military Factory.com
Beaverette LRC Information & Photos Standard Motor Club
Mark IX Armored Car Information & Photos Tanks-Encyclopedia


Reference Author
AFV's In Irish Service Since 1922 (MMP)

Book Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph A. Riccio
Armoured Cars: 1900-1963 The Royal Armoured Corps
"Beaverette, The" (July 2021 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Phil Homer
 "Beaverette IV" (November 2016 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Phil Homer
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks

"Standard Beaverette" (September 2014 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Phil Homer

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Beaverette Mark 4 Light Recon Car Model Kit (M05) Extra Tech Accessories 1/72  
Aftermarket Detail Sets Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

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