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Crossley Indian Pattern

Armored Car

M1923 South African Vehicle (Modified in 1940)


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain (and Argentina, Japan and South Africa)
First Produced/Service Dates: M1923 = 1923
M1925 = 1925
Manufactured by: Chassis: 1923 & 1925 Vehicles - Crossley Motors Company; 1940 Modified Vehicle - Ford Motor Company.
Armored Hull: Vickers Ltd (Later Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd.)
Crew: 4
Armament: Turret: (2) .303 Machine Guns
Engine: 1923 & 1925 Vehicles: (4) Cylinder Gasoline
1940 Modified Vehicle: (8) Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The M1923 and M1925 model vehicles were very similar and therefore are hard to differentiate; especially due to continual updates made to the earlier vehicles.  The most common differences were the unditiching plank storage positions and the length of the radiator louvres. A few vehicles were exported, namely to South Africa in the 1920's and to Japan in the 1930's.

In addition, during the late 1930's when they started becoming unusable due to their age, their armored bodies were reinstalled on Chevrolet truck chassis.  These were then considered 'new' vehicles and named Crossley-Chevrolet M1939 Indian Pattern Armored Car. The cars' final iteration, came in 1940 when the two (2) South African vehicles were upgraded and improved by adding a new Ford engine and chassis.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Crossley M1923 Indian Pattern Armored Car Photos - National Museum of Military History - South Africa Stephen Tegner - South Africa
Crossley M1923 Indian Pattern Armored Car Photos - National Museum of Military History - South Africa Marius van Aardt - South Africa

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Crossley Indian Pattern Armoured Car Information & Photos Crossley Military Vehicles after WW 1 Website


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars in Two World Wars George Forty
British Armoured Cars: 1914-1945 B.T. White

"Crossley Armoured Cars: Inter-War Years" (December 2007 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine)

Jochen Vollert
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks

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