Daimler Armoured Car

The Daimler Armoured Car was a British armoured vehicle that saw widespread use during World War II and the post-war years until the 1950s. Developed by the Daimler Company, it was designed for reconnaissance and liaison roles, combining speed, mobility, and a reasonable level of armour protection.

Design and Development

The vehicle was based on the chassis of the Daimler Dingo scout car but was larger and fitted with a turret. It was powered by a 95 hp Daimler 6-cylinder petrol engine, which gave it a top speed of around 50 mph. The armament typically consisted of a 2-pounder gun and a coaxial machine gun.

Operational History

The Daimler Armoured Car was first used in combat in the North African Campaign. Its performance in the reconnaissance role was highly valued, and it continued to serve in various theatres of war, including the Italian Campaign and the Northwest Europe Campaign. After World War II, it remained in service with several armies around the world until it was gradually phased out in favor of more modern designs.


Despite its age, the Daimler Armoured Car is remembered as one of the most successful British armoured cars of World War II. Its combination of speed, firepower, and mobility made it a valuable asset in the reconnaissance role, and it set a standard for future armoured car designs.