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Minerva Armored Car


Country of Origin/Used by: Belgium
First Produced/Service Dates: 1914
Manufactured by: Société Anonyme Minerva Motors
Crew: 3-6?
Armament: (1) .303 or 8mm Machine Gun
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The Minerva armored car served from the beginning of World War One well into the 1930's; although a number of improvements were made throughout that time.  The first version of the Minerva was a simple touring car with improvised armor and mounting a .303 Lewis Gun. 

Standardized hull armor designs appeared soon afterward starting with the vehicles first fitted with flat armored panels and mounting a shield-protected 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun.  Subsequently improved World War 1-Era models included the armor design changing to a partially-curved configuration (with/without overhead cab protection) and then on to the "streamlined" model; some reportedly mounting a 37mm Puteaux cannon instead of the machine gun.  The "streamlined" vehicle sported a fully armored hull roof, rear-wheel armor and half-domed turret, similar to the one fittled on the SAVA armored car.  The last model was designed in 1919, which most notably featured a large, fully-enclosed cylindrical turret.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
Minerva (Initial) Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor
Minerva) Armored Car Photos Dave Haugh - Content Editor
   Minerva Armored Car Photo National Library of Scotland via Mark Holloway - Beatty, Nevada USA
   Minerva Standard Model 1914 Armored Car Line Drawings (1/76) By Mick Bell
   Minerva Late Turreted Armored Car Photo Dave Haugh

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Minerva Armored Car Information & Photos Landships II
Minerva Armored Car Information & Photos Minerva Armored Motor Car
Minerva Armored Car Information & Photos Tanks Encyclopedia.Com


Reference Author
A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
"Automitrailleuse Minerva" By Dave Haugh Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #1)
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Minerva Armored Car Model Kit (CSM35005) Cooper State Models 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information

Model Photos

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