Historical Vehicle Fleet

M3A1 White Scout Car- ‘Beverly’

Developed in the years prior to America’s entry into WW2, the Scout Car was meant to be a relatively fast and nimble reconnaissance vehicle with enough armor plating to protect its occupants from small arms fire. The Scout Car has a special gliding rail mount which allows its armament of up to 3 machine guns (M1919 .30cal or M2 .50 cal) to have a much greater field of fire. The vehicle was largely outdated by the time America joined the war, and its role in combat with the 1st Division was limited primarily to the wide-open spaces and flat ground of Africa and Sicily as a command vehicle. It was replaced by better-armed and faster vehicles by mid-1944 but continued to see use via lend-lease with other allied armies to the end of the war. The White Motor Company developed and produced the Scout car. Ours is a late model which was one of the Historic Vehicle Fleet’s first vehicles extensively restored by our motor pool volunteers in the early 1990s.

Occupants: Driver, Co-driver, 3x gunners, 2+ additional occupants

Engine: 110hp, Hercules JXD in-line 6 cylinder (gasoline)

Transmission: 4 speed manual, all-wheel drive

Top Speed: 55mph

Production: 21,000 produced from 1940 to 1944