Charron Girardot Voigt Model 1902

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    The Charron-Girardot-Voigt 1902 was a French armoured car developed in 1902 by the company Charron Girardot & Voigt. It was equipped with a Hotchkiss machine gun, and with 7 mm armour for the gunner.

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    The first fully armoured car was designed by the Georgian engineer Mikheil Nakashidze. His design for a machine gun armed vehicle with 4-8mm of armour, combat weight of 3,000kg, and a road speed of 50km/hour was accepted by the Russian War Ministry for service with the Russian Army. However, as no Russian plant was considered capable of producing the vehicle, manufacture was subcontracted to the French company Charron, Girardot, and Voigt.

    The new machine was presented at the Salon de l'Automobile et du cycle in Brussels, starting 8 March 1902.-

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    Specifications
    Manufacturer Charron Girardot & Voigt
    Unit cost 45,000 Francs
    Number built 2
    Weight 3,000 kg
    Crew 3
    Armor Main 7 mm
    armament Hotchkiss machine gun 1901
    Engine gasoline internal combustion engine 50 hp

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