114-M.P.H. Anti-Aircraft Combat Car In Production (Jan, 1942)

This is the Tucker Combat Car, designed by Preston Tucker.

Previously posted here as well.

114-M.P.H. Anti-Aircraft Combat Car In Production

AN INNOVATION in defense against enemy aircraft is this “mobile anti-aircraft fortress,” now being manufactured for the U. S. Army by a Michigan firm. Unlike the usual aircraft defense battery, which can get but a comparatively few shots at an enemy plane as it swoops overhead, this unique “wheeled fortress” races along under the plane at speeds up to 114 miles per hour and can actually get in thousands of shots before the plane is out of range. Its four guns pour out a total of 5,220 shots per minute—an automatic 37 mm. cannon firing 120 shots per minute, and three machineguns firing 5,100 shots per minute.

Probably the world’s fastest “tank,” the combat car is entirely arc-welded.

  1. Hirudinea says: February 22, 20127:07 pm

    I could use this on the 401! 🙂 I’ed think getting a decent shot going at speed would be impossible but it reminds me of a ZSU.

  2. K5ING says: February 23, 201212:54 pm

    That’s Preston Tucker’s combat car that he built before building the Tucker 48 car. The combat car was rejected by the military, but the turret was adopted.

  3. MitchA says: February 23, 201210:04 pm

    The white wall tires really help with the camouflage.
    It looks like the 37mm gun was the only anti aircraft weapon on it. The machine guns aren’t mounted where they would be any use against aircraft

  4. […] speed, Tucker claimed in excess of 100 MPH in the video, but other sources claimed as much as 114 MPH, 115 MPH, and 117 MPH. As Pearson wrote, the U.S. Army passed on the combat car because it was too […]

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