> *** "According to Raymond Surlemont's article in Armored Car No. 10, twenty-two Lanchester armoured cars were sent to Malaya, of which thirteen were Mk.I's, one Mk.IA, five Mk.II's and three Mk.IIA's.***
That is interesting, that is almost 3/4 of the total number of Lanchesters that were manufactured. >
The move by 12th Lancers in 1935 to Alexandria, after Il Duce had begun to press his luck and his military presence in North Africa, involved an even greater number, 29 vehicles, 83% of the the entire kit and kaboodle of the Lanchester standard
armoured car production. Perhaps even more significantly, right after their return home a year later, the Lanchesters were given out to the Territorials, which is quite likely a reflection on how well these vehicles had performed out there.
> Fletcher gives the Lanchester engine horsepower as 38hp. >
The official stats claim 40hp, with 88 to 90hp generated at between 2200 and 2300 rpm. Still, an underpowered car weighing 7.5 to 8 short tons, and managing a speed of 45 mph, 5 mph less than the Rolls Royce 4x2 armoured car it replaced, and hardly a sufficient speed for a recce vehicle. Here be the Rolls...
For those who enjoy old flicks, Rolls Royce armoured cars appear in Lawrence of Arabia
(Lawrence thought a great deal of them) and Shake Hands With the Devil
, the latter about the Troubles in Ireland. Jimmy Cagney plays a gifted surgeon, who is also a heartless rebel, and during one scene, he rolls a Mills grenade under a Rolls Royce armoured car, which explodes the vehicle's petrol tank.