Lince (armored car)

The Autoblindo Lince ("Lynx") was an Italian scout car used by the Italian Social Republic between 1943-1945 during World War II. The Lince was a copy of the British Daimler Dingo and was primarily used for reconnaissance. Its armament consisted of a single 8 mm machine gun. Some 250 vehicles were built in all.

Lince
Lancia Astura Lince (2008).jpg
TypeScout car
Place of originItalian Social Republic Italian Social Republic
Service history
In service1943 - 1945
Used byItalian Social Republic Italian Social Republic
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
WarsWorld War II
Production history
ManufacturerAnsaldo, Lancia
Produced1943 - 1945
No. built250
Specifications
Mass3,190 kg
Length3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
Width1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Crew2

Armour14 mm maximum
Main
armament
8 mm Breda 38 machine gun
Enginepetrol
60 hp
SuspensionWheel 4x4
Operational
range
350 km (220 mi)
Speed85 km (53 mi)

In 1943 only a single vehicle was completed but the German forces tested this prototype and ordered 300, of which 129 examples were delivered in 1944-45 and designated Panzerspähwagen Lince 202(i)[1].

These cars were employed in Italy and the Balkan for reconnaissance, escort and internal security, some being assigned to support Organisation Todt.

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