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Pansarbil (Pbil) m/31

A project to develop a cost effective armoured training vehicle resulted in a design based on a lorry chassis — Pansarbil (armoured car) m/31. They were quite individual, since they were based on lorries of different makes and  models.

Pansarbil m/31 was organized in platoons of three vehicles; two of which were equipped with two machine guns and the leading one with a cannon and a machine gun. 1942 the armament was upgraded to a 20 mm automatic cannon and a coaxial machine gun.

Road speed was adequate but cross country mobility was very poor, due to inappropriate tires, high weight and two wheel drive. Reversing quickly was demanding; an observer at the rear turned, via a wire, a dial for the driver to try and follow!

These vehicles were kept for training purposes until 1958.

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Bofors, Sverige. Chassi manufacturer Volvo & Chevrolet.

Swedish military designation

Pbil m/31

Protection

5,5 mm

Armament

1 st 37 mm marinkanon m/96B alt. 2 st 8mm ksp m/36.

Manufacturing year

1931-1940

Vehicles produced

32

Engine

Volvo or Chevrolet; 6-cylinder water-cooled petrol engine.

Transmission

Manual, 4-speed gearbox, rear wheel drive.

Weight

9,300 lbs

Top speed

37 mph

Crew

5

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