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Beverette Test Drive
“It doesn’t drives like a tank”
– but it has every right to!
I made my way to the premises of Historic Engineering b.v. in the small town of Hazerswoude-
Beaverettes came in 4 flavours:
The MK I was put together in pretty short order and consisted of a steel plated hull mounted on the Flying 12 chassis but fitted with the Flying 14 engine. The body used left-
The Mk II was much as before, this time the front panel was armoured to prevent bullets entering the radiator. Neither model was totally enclosed and there was no door, the occupants having to exit over a lowered rear panel. The steel armour was backed by oak planking.
The Mk III was shortened and had fully armoured wings and was totally enclosed and carried a gun turret. The Flying 12 underpinnings were discarded in favour of a purpose built front chassis, though the 14 engine was retained.
The Mk IV is the last and most sophisticated of the range, in comparison to the earlier versions, it had re-
Some 3,800 Beaverettes were built at Canley
Much to my surprise and in contrast to contemporary reports the Beaverette was quite easy to drive. A tribute to the skills of its restorer, the engine and gearbox are in fine condition. The Beaverette fires up teadily and is quiet once the choke has been pushed in. The steering had suffered a lot, due to having to cope with the additional weight, but has been replaced with help from Track Rod Ends supplied by the Standard Motor Club and is now precise and far from as heavy as I was expecting. The vehicle is low-
I really enjoyed my chance to drive this piece of wartime history. My thanks to Martin Idjo of Historic Engineering for the opportunity.