Scout Car

In the first of a series of articles, the American Heritage Museum’s Hunter Chaney reports on vehicles in the collection, starting with an M3A1 Scout Car

The M3A1 Scout Car was a lightly armoured, open topped, machine gun armed, four-wheel drive vehicle

This M3A1 Scout Car that features in the American Heritage Museum collection was the first armoured car purchased by Jacques Littlefield, a wellknown collector of military vehicles in the US.

Jacques, who passed away in 2009, had bought the Scout Car around the time he picked up his first tank – an M5A1 Stuart – which started what would be the largest privately held collection of tank and armoured vehicles in the world.

A close friend of his, Bill Boller – who chairs the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation – said Jacques had been “hyper detailed” with the Scout Car’s restoration process: “Everything – from the individual nuts and screws to the accessory radio equipment and gauges – had to look just as it came out of a military maintenance shop,” exclaimed Bill.

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