British 75mm AEC Matador MkIII Armoured Car

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British 75mm AEC Matador MkIII Armoured Car

Post by Andy H » 25 May 2003 17:08

Looking for some info on this beast as at first glance it seems a rather respectable Armoured Car?

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Post by Von_Mannteufel » 26 May 2003 05:29

is this the one you're talking about (I know this is only a model but it was the only pic I could find)
http://www.totalmodel.com/wargames/page ... s_28.shtml

also

http://www.northirishhorse.com/frpothistory.htm

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Post by Yngwie J. » 26 May 2003 12:00

Hi Andy H.

More like a wheeled tank than an armored car I guess.

It mounted the British version of the M3 75mm and had armor nearly as thick as the contemporary cruiser tanks.
Total production of AEC armoured cars (Mk.I-III) amounted to 629 vehicles, and they were used in North Africa, Tunisia, Italy and North West Europe.
The Mk.III was powered by one 155hp AEC 6-cylinder diesel engine.
Weight: 12,7 tonnes/Crew: 4

That´s about all I have to offer I´m afraid.

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Yngwie J.

Picture : A Royal Dragoons AEC Mk.III in Kolding during the liberation of Denmark.
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Post by Andy H » 26 May 2003 12:19

Thanks v.M and Yngwie for the info provided.

I agree that it was more like a wheled tank than a armoured car. Do you happen to know it's top speed on both hard surfaces and cross-country?

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Post by Yngwie J. » 26 May 2003 12:52

The top speed is listed as 41mph(66Km/h). On hard surface I guess, cross-country speed not specified.

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Post by Andy H » 26 May 2003 12:57

Thanks again.

I've an idea to start a Poll on armoured cars but I'm still colalting the info so I can give an informed choice and answer.

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Post by daveh » 26 May 2003 15:35

A few details on the AEC MkIII

18ft 5 inches long overall, 8'10 1/2" wide 8' 10" high
Only British built armoured car with a diesel engine.
Used many components of the 4 x 4 Matador artillery tractor.
Rear engined.
Max armour 30mm
Driver used periscopes when closed down having no direct vision ports. His seat could be raised to lok over th efront plate when open.
Mark I used a Valentine turret MkIII a specially designed turret.

Road speed max 41 mph range on roads 250 miles.

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Post by Andy H » 26 May 2003 20:18

Tahnks for the added info Dave, what do you think of it compared to the M8 Greyhound?

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