Daimler Armoured Car

The Daimler Armoured Car is a British armoured vehicle that saw widespread use during World War II and the post-war years. Developed by the Daimler Company Limited, it was designed for reconnaissance and liaison roles. It is well-known for its reliability, mobility, and the firepower provided by its 2-pounder gun.

Design and Development

The vehicle was developed in the late 1930s, with the first prototypes being tested in 1939. Its design was based on the chassis of the Daimler Dingo scout car, but it was significantly larger to accommodate the turret and additional armament. The Daimler Armoured Car was powered by a Daimler 4.5 litre 6-cylinder petrol engine, which gave it a good power-to-weight ratio and enabled a top speed of around 50 mph.

Operational History

During World War II, the Daimler Armoured Car was used by several British and Commonwealth units for reconnaissance missions in various theatres, including North Africa, Europe, and the Far East. Its performance in the North African Campaign, in particular, earned it high praise for its ability to operate in harsh desert conditions. After the war, it continued to serve in various conflicts, including the Korean War, until it was eventually phased out in favor of more modern designs.


The Daimler Armoured Car is remembered as one of the most successful British armoured cars of World War II. Its design influenced several post-war armoured vehicles, and it remains a popular subject among military historians and vehicle restoration enthusiasts.