Ford Mk V Armoured Car

The Ford Mk V Armoured Cars were built in Ireland by Thompson & Son of Hanover Works, Carlow.

The Ford Mk V was built with .5 inch mild steel plate, onto a Ford chassis of 122 inches. Fitted with an 85 horsepower petrol Ford V8 3,621 cc engine, the Mark V was much smaller, cheaper to build and had better performance than its predosesor the GSR Ford Mk IV.

Empty of all unessential equipment the Mark V weighed just over five tons, with a max speed of 45 km per hour (28 MPH) and a range of 150 km (93 miles). After the prototype was built, inspected and passed, the remaining 13 Ford Mk Vs were built and sold by 1954.

Fourteen were built in total with Peerless armoured car turrets and Hotchkiss .303 machine guns fitted. The vehicles were designed by Maj. J. V. Lawless and Comdt. A. W. Mayne, using ideas taken from the Rolls Royce Armoured Car as well as from the Leyland Armoured Car.

Ford Mk V Armoured Car
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer J.L. Thompson and Sons
Origin Ireland
Country Name Origin Year
Ireland 1940
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Ireland View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
J.L. Thompson and Sons 1940 14 View

Type Armored car
Place of origin  Ireland
Production history
Designed 1940
Manufacturer Thompson & Son, Carlow
Produced 1940
Number built 14
Length 14 ft 8 inches
Width 6 ft 7 inches
Height 8 ft 3 inches
Crew 3
Armor .5 inch
Hotchkiss .303 machine gun
Engine 3,621cc Ford V8 petrol

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