British Humber "Pig"
Armoured Personnel Carrier
Models FV 1609/FV1611 (Mk 1 and 2)
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The FV 1611, or Truck 1-ton Armoured 4X4 Humber, is the basic APC built on the running gear and
suspension of the softskin Humber FV1601 truck. The APC version of the Humber 1600 series was
built due to insufficient numbers of Saracen APCs being available in the early 1950s. About
1700 were built. The armoured bodies were supplied by GKN Sankey and the Royal Ordnance Factory
in Woolwich while the chassis were supplied by Rootes in Kent. The armoured body was a late in
life addition to the chassis.
The Pig, as it is commonly referred to, is normally found in one
of two levels of armour. The Mk 1 was the original APC with the Mk 2 being an up-armoured
version. The up-armoured version is reported to be 7.62mm resistant. The Pig has an all welded
steel hull with the engine at the front, the commander and driver in the middle, and the troop
seats in the rear.
Crew: 2 + 6 (8 can fit in the rear but normally only 6
seatbelts are fitted)
Engine: Rolls Royce B60 in-line 6 cylinder developing 120 bhp.
Transmission: Manual with 5 forward and 1 reverse
Top Speed: 40 mph according to one book but 56 according to another
Weight (empty): Mk 1 - 10500 lbs / Mk 2 - 14300 lbs
Length: 16 ft 6 in
Width: 6 ft 8 in
Electrical System: 24 volt
Tires: 11.00 X 20 Run Flats
Notes For Collectors:
Everybody needs one of these in their garage. This is about as simple an armoured vehicle
as one can get. A basic truck chassis with a six cylinder, a 5 speed manual tranny, 4X4, and
seating for half a dozen or more with armoured protection on top of that. Obviously this
vehicle is no speed demon. It is carrying a lot of extra weight. Steering and braking are
events that have to be given some thought. Although it is 4X4, it's capability off road is
very limited. Maintenance is simple in comparison to a 6X6 or tracked vehicle. The engine is
the same as the Ferret. Parts are still readily available. A good choice for the beginner or
advanced armoured vehicle enthusiast.
Notes For Law Enforcement Agencies:
I also recommend this vehicle for US law enforcement use. Many agencies are wanting an
armored vehicle that can be used for a variety of special roles. Although it might be nice to be
able to buy a US made armored vehicle, few agencies can afford that. US vehicles easily start
around $40,000 when you can find them and go up quickly. This vehicle is your best option dollar
for dollar and with ease of maintenance in mind. There is no better buy on the market.