Charron, Girardot et Voigt 1902

The Charron, Girardot et Voigt 1902 was a French armoured car (French: Automitrailleuse blindée) developed in 1902 by the company Charron, Girardot et Voigt. It was equipped with a Hotchkiss machine gun, and with 7 mm armour for the gunner.[1][2]

Charron, Girardot et Voigt 1902
Charron, Girardot et Voigt
TypeArmoured car
Place of originFrance France
Service history
In service8 March 1902-
Production history
ManufacturerCharron, Girardot et Voigt
Unit cost45,000 Francs
No. built2
Mass3,000 kg

Armor7 mm
Hotchkiss machine gun 1901
Enginegasoline internal combustion engine
50 hp

The first fully armoured car was designed by the Georgian engineer Mikheil Nakashidze. His design for a machine gun armed vehicle with 4-8mm of armour, combat weight of 3,000 kg, and a road speed of 50 km/hour was accepted by the Russian War Ministry for service with the Russian Army. However, as no Russian plant was considered capable of producing the vehicle, manufacture was subcontracted to the French company Charron, Girardot et Voigt.

The new machine was presented at the Salon de l'Automobile et du cycle in Brussels, starting 8 March 1902.[3]


Charron, Girardot et Voigt - C.G.V. Import Company, New York - The New York Times, December 4, 1906

See also



  1. ^ Early Armoured Cars E. Bartholomew, p.4
  2. ^ Gougaud, p.11-12
  3. ^ Gougaud, p.11


  • Alain Gougaud L'Aube de la Gloire, Les Autos-Mitrailleuses et les Chars Français pendant la Grande Guerre, 1987, Musée des Blindés, ISBN 2-904255-02-8