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Rhino Armored Car



Country of Origin/Used by: Australia
First Produced/Service Dates: 1942
Manufactured by: Chassis: General Motors of Canada; Hull: Victorian Railways
Crew: 4?
Armament: Main: 2 Pounder QF Cannon; Co-Axial: .303 Vickers Machine Gun
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: In the early period of World War II, Australia was equipped with only a few number of armored fighting vehicles.  Therefore, they decided to embark on projects to design, develop and produce new vehicles, including armored cars.  One proposed requirement was a heavy armored car, for which the Rhino Armored Car was developed. 

The Rhino was built on a GM of Canada 4x4 Model 8446 chassis, with a locally built armored hull.  The 8446 chassis was the same one used for the Canadian Fox Mark 1 Armored Car. Only 2-4 prototype Rhinos were built before cancellation as a result of a multitude of capable foreign built vehicles becoming readily available.  
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   Rhino Armored Car Wooden Mock-Up Photo Australian War Memorial
     Rhino Armored Car Photos Australian War Memorial

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A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty

Australian Military Equipment Profiles (Volume 3): Australian Scout and Armoured Cars: 1933 - 1945

Michael Cecil
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow and Robert J. Icks

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