4.1 L 6-cylinder inline sidevalve petrol engine
80-87 hp (60-65 kW)
4 x 2 wheel
110 mi (180 km)
75 mph (121 km/h) on road
The Humber Light Reconnaissance Car, also known as Humberette or Ironside, was a Britisharmoured car produced during the Second World War.
Produced by the Rootes Group, the Humber Light Reconnaissance Car was an armoured car based on the Humber Super Snipe chassis (as was the 4x4 Humber Heavy Utility car). It was equipped with a No. 19 radio set. From 1940 to 1943 over 3600 units were built.
The original version with open-topped hull and 4×2 drive. Armoured to a maximum of 10 mm on the front and 7-9 mm on the sides.Armament was a Boys anti-tank rifle and a Bren light machine gun. Only a limited number were built before the Mk I was replaced by the Mk II.
The Mk II had an enclosed roof with a turret for the machine gun and retained the 4×2 drive of the Mk I. The Boys faced forward in the front of the hull. Otherwise armoured as the Mark I, the roof was 7 mm and the turret 6 mm.
Mk III (1941)
The Mk III was externally similar to the Mk II but had 4×4 drive. Production began in late 1941.
Mk IIIA (1943)
The only difference from the Mk III was additional vision ports at the front angles of the hull. Armour was 12 mm to the front, 8 mm to the sides, 7 on the roof and rear, and 6 mm on the turret.
Ironside Special Saloon
Built for VIP use, the body by Thrupp & Maberly included relatively luxurious interior which was split by a Perspex screen to separate driver and passengers. A passenger side door was provided to make entrance and exit easier. Ordered as two "specials" and six "armoured staff cars".
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