Lynx Scout Car

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Ford Lynx at Beltring The Ford Lynx Scout Car, manufactured in two major variants at Windsor, Ontario (3255 units total), was a lightweight reconnaissance vehicle derived from the successful British Dingo (see below). This particular example was photographed by Chris Shillito of Armour in Focus at Beltring '99, where it won Best Overall of the show! It is truly immaculate. Thank you, Chris!

Lynx Front Right Shown here is the right front quarter of a mid-production Lynx I. This earlier variant differed from the later Lynx II in exterior stowage arrangements and in that it had a folding-plate roof which was later eliminated (there were also changes in steering ratio and axles). Note the open side door on the driver's side. Armour varied from 30mm in front to 12mm sides and rear. It was sufficient protection against heavy small arms fire, and the vehicle relied on its low silhouette and speed to avoid heavier opposition.

Lynx Rear Left The Lynx looks like a giant, mutant steel beetle. This rear view shows its bulboue engine compartment, which contained the same 239ci Ford flathead V8 which characterized all Ford CMP-era vehicles. Wheelbase is a short 81 inches, and overall height 70 inches. With a laden weight of 9370 lbs, the Lynx was not quick by modern standards, but fairly manoueverable in tight terrain. Tires are the same 9.00 X 16 size used on many CMPS; shown here is the familiar 'S-Pattern' runflat probably acquired from a Ferret.

Lynx Cockpit A bird's-eye view of the cramped cockpit shows the unique, angled steering position borrowed from the Daimler Dingo. Not much room for its two-man crew! Note the instrument cluster on the right, and a ready rack of eight Bren magazines immediately in front of the vehicle commander's position on the left. Behind the commander sits a standard No.19 W/T set. Visibility is restricted when 'buttoned up', but the objective of these scouting vehicles was to avoid contact and simply gather information.

Lynx Instrument Cluster The Lynx instrument cluster is basic CMP, providing the minimum of gauges and controls to ensure efficient monitoring of operational status.

Lynx Front The business end. After the war, overseas stocks of Lynx' were parcelled out to various European armies along with most of our other vehicles. Few remain in Canada today, with the last example being brought back from Greece some time ago. Recently, however, Jim Rice in Alberta recovered a badly-chopped version from a farmer's field, and is presently engaged in a complete restoration. See the Restoration Logs for details as they become available. If anyone has any further information or photographs of the Lynx, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Dingo Scout Car A Daimler Dingo Scout Car, the predecessor to the Lynx. Note the similarities in size and layout. Canadians took several Dingos into the main beaches at Dieppe on August 19, 1942.

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