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Standard Beaverette Armoured Car
Factory Pictures of a Standard Beaverette Mk I:
Previously unpublished photo of a Mk I Standard Beaverette
I am grateful to Len Barr for supplying these two factory photos of the Beaverette. The back of the prints are marked "MkI" in pencil and I believe this to be correct.
You can clearly see the armour which consists of steel plate about 1/2 inch thick, backed in the main by oak planks of about 3" thickness. The driver has small slot in the front to see through, and a tiny slit on each side which are obviously no use to him. The driver and machine gunner enter and exit over the rear wall which has two hinged flaps, shown here in the down position. When raised, these will provide more rearward protection and a second slot for the machine gun. These flaps are not backed with Oak.
The specification of the MKII talks of improved armour, I now believe this to mean that the two flaps were oaklined as were the gaps on the sidewalls.
You can click on either print to see an enlargement, but please note that not even the spoilt enlargements are print quality. If you would like to use them elsewhere please request permission from the webmaster, and I will supply unspoilt high definition photos