British Saladin
6X6 Armoured Car
Model FV601

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The Saladin is a 6X6 armoured car that was used in a variety of roles including reconnaissance. The armament includes a 76mm medium velocity main gun, one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, one 7.62mm antiaircraft machine gun, and smoke dischargers. The vehicle was developed by Alvis Vehicles LTD, UK. The Saladin shared many components with the Saracen armoured personnel carrier.

Nearly 1200 of the vehicles were produced between 1959 and 1972. The Saladin was replaced by the CVR(T) Scorpion in the early 70s.

Crew: 3
Engine: Rolls Royce B80 8 cylinder 170 bhp petrol engine
Transmission: Pre-select 5 Speed
Top Speed: 45 mph
Weight (empty): 23,150 lbs
Height: 9 ft 71/2 in
Length: 17 ft 4 in
Width: 8 ft 4 in
Electrical System: 24 volt
Tires: 12.00 X 20

Notes For Collectors: The Saladin makes for a good personally owned military vehicle. It is of modest size, weight, and difficulty to maintain. Although the combat crew is 3, it can be operated on the road by an individual if need be. Parts availability is good owing to the wide spread use of the B80 engine, common drive and suspension with the Saracen and Stalwart, and its recent use by many nations. Tyre size is comparable to heavy US trucks and readily available. The gun system is similar to the Scorpion and the machine guns are M1919A4s.