Serial Numbers

Staghound Engine Serial Numbers

serial_numbersxEngine serial numbers start with 1001 and were prefixed ACR and ACL (Armoured Car Right and Armoured Car Left) ACL 1055 for example was the 55th left hand unit produced. This serial number was stamped on the base of the distributor mount casting on the main block.

The transmission ID began with a 1 for 1942, 2 for 1943 etc. followed by AC and a serial from 1 example; 2-AC-100 which decoded as that 100th unit produced in 1943.

The transfer case, transmission reduction case, both axels and the steering gear all carried an ID serials according to the following typical example; 232-A-39. Here the first number indicated the day of the calendar year 232 being August 20th, the letter designated the year A for 1942 B for 1943 etc. and the last number was the number of the units produced on that day. Thus the example quoted above indicates the 39th unit produced on August 20th 1942.

Production at Chevrolet ended in December 1943 with the final T17E2 conversions being completed early in 1944. The British and Commonwealth vehicle users designated the vehicle slightly differently. They were known as “Armoured Car, Staghound Mark 1”, this being the T17 E1 or M6 model with the 37mm gun. The “Armoured Car, Staghound AA”, this being the base vehicle with the Fraser Nash turret and no machine gun being fitted. This was known in the US as the T17E2. The “Armoured Car, Staghound Command”, The Mark 1, or the AA with the turret removed. Some had an improvised windscreen and folding canvas top and these were also fitted with an additional radio. “Armoured Car, Staghound Mark 2”, this was the Mark 1 with the 37mm gun replaced by the 3” tank howitzer. The whole machine gun and co-drivers seat was removed to provide additional storage space and a 4” smoke discharger replaced the 2” bomb thrower. The “Armoured Car, Staghound Mark 3” was a Mark 1 vehicle with the turret replaced from a Crusader Tank. It was fitted with a QS 75mm gun and coax 7.92mm Besa MG and the internal storage of the turret and basket were completely redesigned. The jettison fuel tanks were done away with. The bow machine gun and the aperture were sealed off with a welded plug and a ratchet was put on the break pedal. Less frequent variations were a control (command) version and a mine detector, the latter known as Bantu and was only experimental. Other modifications, semi-official included 60lb aircraft rockets being mounted on the sides of the turret. The British Forces acquired their Staghounds under two supply mechanical contracts SM1212 and SM1263. These had a total of 3,850 WD numbers allocated to them in seven blocks.

SM1263 covered 2,800 T17 E1 cars with Nos. F116215 to 7214 (1,000), F214038 to 237 (200) F215038 to 637 (600) and F225284 to 783 (500) and F235262 to 761 (500).

SM1212 covered the T17 E2 (F235762 to 6261 (500) following on from final T17 E1 and F329860 to 330409 (550, i.e 10% more than actually delivered).