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Simms Motor Scout


Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1898/1899
Manufactured by: Vehicle: Beeston Motor Cycle Company*; Armor/Gun: Fitted by Frederick Simms & Co.
Crew: 1
Armament: (1) .303 Maxim Machine Gun
Engine: (1) Cylinder 1.5 hp de Dion-Bouton Engine
Miscellaneous Info: Along with the American Davidson-Duryea 3-wheeled car, this vehicle is considered one of the first armed and self-propelled wheeled fighting vehicles ever built; and most likely THE first such British vehicle. Although the vehicle was never adopted for service it demonstrated the armored/armed military vehicle concept and led to the much-improved Simms Motor War Car

* Most sources state that the base vehicle used was the de Dion, Bouton et Compagnie quadricycle.  However, David Fletcher (see the the hyperlink below and the book "War Cars") states the vehicle actually used was a Beeston built quadricycle mounting a de Dion-Bouton engine. 
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Simms Motor Scout Photo (Above)  Dave Haugh - Content Editor

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A Photo History of Armoured Cars In Two World Wars George Forty
"Armoured Pioneers" (April 2019 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Fletcher
Early Armoured Cars (AFV Weapons Profile #9) Maj. General N.W. Duncan
Early Armoured Cars (Shire Album #209) E. Bartholomew
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
War Cars: British Armoured Cars in the First World War David Fletcher

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