The Staghound website is owned and maintained by Tobin Jones and James Shopland. Both own and are currently restoring Staghound armoured cars. The site offers a focal point for other Staghound owners, restorers and enthusiasts.
The Staghound register was started by James Shopland in 2002. The register aims to record the existence of as many Staghounds and substantial staghound remains as possible to create a centralised point of reference as to the numbers of staghounds remaining in the world and their condition. If you own or know of a staghound we would be pleased if you could register on site and publish the details or contact us with the details.
Some staghound owners prefer their details not to be public knowledge and we respect this request. Consequently if you do not wish to be contacted through the website, you can choose not have a contact form for your registered staghound.
The staghound like most military vehicles was modified many times during its life. Most of the modifications were as a result of operating experience and the Staghound is unusual in that a listing of the modifications has been saved in the form of a GM booklet entitled “Production Modifications”. In general, and apart from the main Staghound models there are three stages of production which can be reasonably identified from the exterior of the vehicle. The first of these is the early type, the second the mid type and last, the late type. The main differences between the three types are;
- Early type had fixed lifting wings fitted to the rear hull. These are normally visible in the form of “D” rings standing upright and in fact they were welded in this position.
- Pistol port turret – the very early production vehicles had a small pistol port on either side of the turrets. These are clearly visible. At least one turret exists in this form although heavily damaged on a range in Australia.
- Towing eyes – very early production vehicles had towing “D” rings fitted to the bottom of the glacis plate in the vertical plane.
- Very early production vehicles had fixed headlights which were the larger pattern than the mid and late types.
- No square armour deflector fitted around the base of the 37mm gun barrel.
- Sidelights mounted on front wings
- Bolted engine covers. The rear engine covers on the mid production were all bolted although at a later date these were often retro modified by removing the bolts, fitting instead rivets and welding hinges at the edges.
- Normally identified by drop “D” towing rings, (shackles) on the front glacis plate, small detachable headlight and sidelight units as per later Sherman tank. Sidelights reposition on the top of the headlights from the mudguards.
- Hinged rear engine covers and rear full lifting rings that swivel allowing them to lie flat when not in use.
- Square armour plate fitted around the base of the 37mm gun.
Late Type Production
- Incorporated all the changes to the mid production, but included raised armour plate lib along hull at each side of turret.
- Four bolted armour lips fitted around the base of the turret to protect against deflection shots.
- Anti aircraft gun mount fitted to top of turret.
- Large wooden block mounted to drop tank mounts enabling a smaller non self sealing fuel tank to be fitted.