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Davidson-Duryea Light 3-Wheeled Car


Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1897/1898
Manufactured by: Chassis: Duryea Motor Wagon Company; Armor/Armament: Royal P. Davidson & Students at the Northwestern Military Academy - Highland Park, Illinois
Crew: 4
Armament: (1) Colt M1895 .30 caliber machine gun.
Engine: 3-Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous Info: Along with the British Simms Motor Scout, this vehicle is one of the first armed and self-propelled wheeled fighting vehicles ever built; and most likely THE first such American vehicle The one car was built and designed by Major Royal P. Davidson (later Colonel) of the Illinois National Guard and Commandant of the Northwestern Military Academy of Highland Park, Illinois (Later: Northwestern Military and Naval Academy of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin). Although the vehicle was never adopted for service, it demonstrated the armored/armed military vehicle concept and led to the development of the Davidson-Duryea Light 4-Wheeled Car and Davidson Auto Battery Armored Car.
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American Armored Cars A.J. Clemens
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
  "Armoured Pioneers" (April 2019 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Fletcher
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
U.S. Armoured Cars - AFV Weapons Profile #40 Robert J. Icks
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

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