The Tank Museum | E1949.320

Armoured Car AEC Mark II (E1949.320)

Armoured Car AEC Mark II
Armoured Car AEC Mark II
vehicle info
Precise Name
Armoured Car AEC Mark II
Main Utility Type
Reconnaissance
Country of Use
U.K.
production
Manufactured
1942, AEC Ltd., United Kingdom
Era
World War 2
Nationality
British
location in the museum
Italian Campaign
AEC, best known as the builder of London's buses, also produced the famous Matador, four-wheel drive artillery tractor. In 1941, without consulting the War Office, they created an armoured car on the Matador chassis. It had a rear mounted Diesel engine and carried a Valentine tank turret with a 40mm gun. The Royal Dragoons was one regiment that operated them in Tunisia.

The AEC was not universally popular. It was much too tall for furtive reconnaissance missions and quite hard work to drive. On the other hand its gun proved useful in some situations and the power of its big AEC Diesel engine meant that it could help other vehicles out of difficulties if they became bogged down.

In 1943 an improved version appeared with a 6 pounder gun in an enlarged turret, which was known as the Mark II and this was followed by the Mark III, with a 75mm gun. The AEC's armament was thus equal to that of contemporary British tanks. Our exhibit is a Mark II, painted in the markings of 10th Indian Division at the time of the campaign in Italy.

Laminated semi elliptical spring suspension. Air brakes to all wheels plus mechanical operation on the rear wheels.

FURTHER READING

British Tanks and Fighting Vehicles 1914-1945; B.T. White; SBN 7110 0123 5; Ian Allan London 1970

Summary Text by Mike Garth V1.0

[Serial number previously thought to be F88707] Vehicle Audit 2019 Sighting Equipment Driver’s, gunner’s, commander’s front and rear, and loader’s periscopes are all intact
No gunner’s sight Internal Stowage wireless set no.19 mk.3 stamped: Z.A. 104 PC Ref. No.92080, serial no. 52956
wireless power supply stamped: Z.A. 15208 E.K.C Ref No. M410 serial no. 64776
Right hatch has both leather head pads, left hatch is missing right head pad
Base of commander’s seat intact the rest of it is in pieces under the radio
Loader’s and driver’s seat are intact, gunner’s seat has a tear in back left corner External Stowage left stowage bins are bolted shut and right stowage bins are wired shut
Spotlight wired but loose on turret
Both headlights present but missing rear lights
Windshield in front of driver’s periscopes


VEHICLES Features
Wheeled - 4x4
Tracks/Wheels
Gun - 6 (57mm) Pounder Gun stamped: J12261 B/R HH & Co.
Armament - Main Weapon Type
Besa Machine Gun serial no.C14561 welded in
Armament - Secondary Weapon Type
4 Forward, 1 Reverse 2 ratio auxiliary gearbox
Transmission
Leaf spring
Suspension
AEC A197 6 cylinder diesel
Engine
2 inch smoke launcher missing
Armament - Secondary Weapon Type
Vehicle Statistics
4
Number (Crew)
14tons
Weight (Overall)
41.5mph
Maximum (Speed - Road)
Diesel
Type (Fuel)
30.00mm
Maximum (Armour Thickness - Hull)
6pdr
Calibre (Main Gun)
158bhp
Power (Engine Output)
38gall
Volume (Fuel)
250ml
Radius (Range)
60rounds
Number (Projectile)
5.43m
Length (Overall)
2.6m
Width (Overall)
2.6m
Height (Overall)