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Ford FT-B* Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Poland
First Produced/Service Dates: 1920-1931
Manufactured by: Chassis: Ford Motor Company; Construction: Gerlach i Pulst Tool Works
Crew: 2
Armament: Turret: (1) 7.92mm Machine Gun (Maxim wz. 08/15)
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: During the Polish-Soviet war, the Poles were desperate to augment their limited supply of armored vehicles. As a result, engineer Tadeusz Tański designed and built the Ford FT-B* armored car in only two (2) weeks. The vehicle used the chassis of the ubiquitous Ford Model T car mated with a hull constructed of captured German armored trench plates. Depending on the source, either 16 or 17 cars were built. Despite the improvised nature and delicate appearance of the Ford cars, its performance and reliability were reportedly very good. In 1921, Mr. Tański proposed to build an additional 90 cars of an improved design for use by the cavalry. However, the Polish military did not pursue the matter because the war was over by that time.

* This vehicle is usually referred to as the "FT-B", "Tf-C" or "Model 1920" armored car. However, according to Michal Derela of the PIBWL Military Site, these were never used as official designations. The designer's blueprints referred to it as the "Type B Ford"; which could be extrapolated to "FT-B" (Ford Type B). However, in Polish military records, the vehicles were simply called "Ford Armored Cars". We have decided to use the "FT-B" moniker as it seems to be the one most commonly used.
Data Sheet Available:   Ford FT-B Armored Car Data Sheet by David Haugh


Reference Source/Provider
  Ford FT-B Armored Car Photo The David Haugh Collection

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Ford FT-B Armored Car Information & Photos The PIBWL Military Site
Ford FT-B Line Drawings The Blueprints.com

"The Russians Are Coming! Polish Ingenuity in a Time of Crisis"

By Corey Ertz on History Scapes


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Samochod Pancerny Ford Janusz Magnuski

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Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Ford FT-B Armored Car Model Photos (1/35 Vargas Scale Models) Major (Retired) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada