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Old 08-11-21, 13:51
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Default Canadian staff cars: Light Cars, Heavy Cars and Station Wagons

The objective of this thread is to pull together all the information on MLU Forum or elsewhere pertaining the procurement, manufacturing and use of Canadian Light Cars, Heavy Cars and Station Wagons - often referred to as "staff cars".


The AEDB Design Record mentions:
"In a very limited quantity, Commercial Sedans were produced to Specifications which required minor modifications for their Military Role. (...)
Likewise, Station Wagons were also produced, in which case special Military Size Tyres were used as well as Commercial Type, depending on the User's demands. The subsequent production of C.M.P. Personnel Carrier reduced the demand for Station Wagons in Active Theatre Operations to a negligible quantity. (...)"
Note: if anyone has access to the references quoted in this text, I would lke to hear from you.
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So, depending on the degree of modification to suit the User's demands, these vehicles are to be regarded part of the Conventional or Modified Conventional Vehicle (or: Commercial) classes as described in the link.


As per the 1944 Vehicle Data Book we learn the Canadian Army Overseas used the following types of cars:
  • Car, Light, Sedan, 4x2
  • Station Wagon
  • Car, Heavy, 4x2
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More later as and when time permits - in the meantime, if you can add to this topic, please do so!
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Old 11-11-21, 08:37
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Via Ian McCallum: “have seen photos of them in domestic service, this '40 could be RHD, difficult to tell”

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Who can ID this Light Car?

"Allied soldiers greeting liberated Belgian children, 1944 or 1945. From the Donald Carson fonds"
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Old 25-12-22, 18:31
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Who can ID this Light Car?

"Allied soldiers greeting liberated Belgian children, 1944 or 1945. From the Donald Carson fonds"
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Source: https://flic.kr/p/ityzKt
Could be a 1942 Dodge but it is RHD ? This one was for sale in NSW
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Ford Station Wagon:

"Albert Frederick Nye (standing right) and servicemen in front of truck, parked alongside an advertising hoarding. One serviceman in long uniform and two, one a sergeant, in short trouser uniform. Fourth man's head can be seen behind the servicemen"
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"Allied soldiers greeting liberated Belgian children, 1944 or 1945. From the Donald Carson fonds"
I agree with Mike.....1942 Dodge or Plymouth. Jordan B. has a Dodge....maybe he has found out more about the history of these Canadian production cars in the meantime. From what i read in this thread the Canadian ones are basically Plymouths badged as Dodges (?)

source: https://p15-d24.com/gallery/album/15...lymouth-p-14c/
source:https://p15-d24.com/topic/25473-1942-dodge-d23c/

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A variety of photos of Light Cars in Australian use, either at home in Western Australia or in the Middle East - photos all found on the Western Australia Collections web site

"Two soldiers next to Chevrolet vehicle, Western Australia, 1943".
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Source: https://collectionswa.net.au/items/8...6-53aabf4408b1


Chevrolet cars:
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Ford(?) car:
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Ford C11AD/ 11ADF Station Wagon:
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Old 27-09-23, 11:06
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Default blackout lighting kit for Chevy cars in Canadian use

Jordan Baker shared an amazing (to me) find - a nice tidbit of info on the "Application of blackout to conventional pattern vehicles (Passenger Cars and Trucks":

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Part of the blackout lighting kit for Chevy cars in Canadian use. The white rubber part was mounted under the back end of the car for the rear diff light to shine on. The black item is a bracket for holding all of the lighting switches.
$100 Cnd plus shipping.
Send me a msg if interested.

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Old 27-09-23, 11:07
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One more photo of Jordan's rubber flap:
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The white rubber part was mounted under the back end of the car for the rear diff light to shine on
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To which Ian McCallum replied:
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The C11AS also had this rubber convoy attachment mounted on the rear chassis cross member as the axle diff was not visible enough.
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Default Car, Light, Sedan, 4x2

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As per the 1944 Vehicle Data Book we learn the Canadian Army Overseas used the following types of cars:
  • Car, Light, Sedan, 4x2
These are the three Light Cars as used by the Canadian Army Overseas listed in the Vehicle Data Book: Ford, General Motors (Chevrolet) and Chrysler.

Read more about the Chrysler-built Car, Light, Sedan 4x2 LC427-C-PASS-1 here: http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=32758

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