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Ford Mark VI Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Ireland
First Produced/Service Dates: 1941-Early 1970's
Manufactured by: Chassis: Ford Motor Company: Hull: Thomas Thompson & Son
Crew: 3
Armament: Turret: (1) .303 cal Machine Gun (Vickers)
Engine: 8-Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The Ford Mark VI armored followed very closely upon its similar predecessor, the Mark V.  The main difference between the two marks was their turret.  The earlier vehicles mounted the turrets of the scrapped Peerless armored cars, whereas the Mark VI's mounted a new turret modeled off the Leyland armored cars. Both the Mark V and Mark VI cars were built upon a shortened Ford 4x2 Truck chassis and constructed by Thompson & Son. Twenty-Eight (28) Mark VI's were produced and many served well into the 1970's, most notably in the Congo during the 1960's. 

During their service in the Congo, three (3) cars were modified into scout cars by the removal of their turrets and the fitting of a short superstructure around the top.  Those cars at first mounted a .303 Bren machine gun, but were later fitted with a .30 cal Browning machine gun instead.  By most accounts, the scout cars were not well received.  After the Mark IV's service in the Congo, six (6) were left in country to be used by government forces.  Finally, sometime during the 1960's, one armored car was modified into a command car, by the fitting of more powerful radios.  As the command car was almost identical to the armored cars, t was very difficult to tell the difference between them.  
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  Ford Mark VI Armored Car Photo Irish Cavalry Corps
  Ford Mark VI Armored Car Photo William Murphy via Wikimedia Commons
  Ford Mark VI Armored Car Photo Glen Phelan - Dublin, Ireland

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Ford Mark VI Armored Car Information & Photos Irish Armored Vehicles
"Irish Armored Cars - Ford Mark VI" (Issue #20 of Armored Car: The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal Mark Salisbury


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AFV 's In Irish Service Since 1922: From the National Army to the Irish Defence Forces (Mushroom Model Productions)

Review by Patrick Keenan - Editor
Ralph Riccio
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Irish Army Vehicles: Transport & Armour Since 1922 Karl Martin

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