Scout Car M11-5

M1: General
Date of first acceptance 1934 Total acceptances 76
Manufacturer Indiana Motortruck Co. Crew 4 men
M1: Dimensions
Combat weight 7,700lbs
Height 78"
Length 199"
Width 80.5"
Tread 64"
Wheelbase 131"
Ground clearance 10.25"
Ground pressure 67psi
M1: Armament
Type Mount Traverse Elevation
.50cal MG Fender pintle mount Manual Manual
Two .30cal MG Pintle mounts on passenger compartment side Manual Manual
M1: Armor
Location Thickness
Front .5"
Sides .25"
Rear .3125"
M1: Automotive
Engine Hercules JXC; 6 cylinder, 4 cycle, L-head gasoline
Horsepower 75 Fuel capacity ~30gal
Transmission Brown-Lipe, 4 speeds forward, 1 reverse with dual range auxiliary transmission
Steering Steering wheel
M1: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Leaf spring 2/side On each wheel
M1: Performance
Max level road speed 50mph
Max grade 35°
Max vertical obstacle 14"
Turning radius 58'
Max fording depth 30"
Cruising range ~200mi

The scout car M1 was based on the Model 12x4 1.5-ton four-wheel drive truck. A pintle mount for a .50cal machine gun was provided just in front of the passenger door, and a .30cal machine gun pintle mount was installed on each side of the rear of the passenger compartment. The vehicle was open-topped, and a canvas top could be installed. The windshield could be protected by a folding armor flap.

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