King Armored Car1-6

King: General
Date of first acceptance 1917
Manufacturer Armored Motor Car Co. Crew 3 men
King: Dimensions
Combat weight 5280lbs
King: Armament
Type Mount Traverse Elevation
.30cal Benet-Mercie MG Turret mount 360°
King: Armor
King: Automotive
Engine King; 8 cylinder, 90° vee
Horsepower 70
Steering Steering wheel
King: Suspension
Type Road wheels
Leaf spring 2/side (dual rear)
King: Performance
Max level road speed 45mph

This vehicle was adopted from a King touring car. Its fenders were reinforced planks that could also be used to cross ditches. Initially, the rear of the car stepped down from the cab, and a door was provided in the vertical portion of the step. The car was fitted with pneumatic tires and wire-spoke wheels (dual wheels on the rear). A later version known as the King-Eight featured a sloping rear face with a folding door and was eventually fitted with wooden spoke wheels with solid tires. The Marines acquired eight vehicles, and fitted at least some with an automatic 1 pounder gun or Lewis machine gun.

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