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M2A1/M3 Scout Car

M2A1 Scout Car


Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1937 (both)
Manufactured by: Chassis: White Motor Car Company; Armored Body: Diebold Safe & Lock
Crew: 6-8
Armament: Numerous Armament Configurations Including .30 cal. Machine Gun & .50 cal. Heavy MG
Engine: 6-Cylinder Gasoline (95hp)
Miscellaneous Info: Initially evaluated/produced as the M2A1 Scout Car in September 1937, it was quickly improved and renamed the M3 Scout Car that same year.  More improvements were made to the basic design and in 1939, the new vehicle was designated the M3A1 Scout Car.  Only about sixty M2A1/M3's were produced before moving on to the M3A1.
Data Sheet Available: None Available


Reference Source/Provider
M2A1 Scout Car Photos Courtesy of Diebold via Dennis Meares - Oklahoma
M2A1/M3 Scout Car Photos Compiled by Dave Haugh - Content Editor
    M3 Scout Car Photos  US Library of Congress via Mark Holloway - Nevada
  M3 Scout Car Photo (Belgian - Congo 1950's)  Dave Haughr

References Available


Reference Source/Provider


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks
M3A1 Scout Car Walk Around (#5720) (Squadron/Signal Publications) David Doyle
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M2A1/M3 Scout Car Model Kit (1-033) Commander Models, Inc 1/35 Resin.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
M2A1/M3 Scout Car Model Kit (1/35 Commander Models Display Model) Patrick Keenan - Editor