Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Beaverette was used by the British Army and Royal Air Force for home defence service and training. The vehicle is said to suffer from excessive weight and to be hard to handle.
Mk I - original version.
Mk II - had all-around armour and the radiator grill was moved from a vertical position to a horizontal one.
Mk III Beaverbug - had shortened chassis, redesigned hull without curved front wings, with top armour and a machine gun turret.
Mk IV - glacis armour was redesigned to improve visibility.
A similar vehicle, known as Beaverette (NZ), was produced in New Zealand Railways workshops, Hutt Valley. The car used a Ford 3/4 or 1-ton truck chassis and plate salvaged from the ships Port Bowen and Mokoia for armour. They had a crew of 4 and 208 units were built.