Kurogane Type 95 Scout Car
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Photo gallery of a Kurogane Type 95 Scout Car, The Type 95 Kurogane (“Black Metal”) reconnaissance car was a Japanese scout car used during the war with China and World War II in the East. Between 1937 and 1945 approximately 4,800 were built. It was the only completely Japanese designed reconnaissance car ever used by the Japanese Army, which tended to use civilian cars. The Type 95 could accommodate only 3 persons – two in the front and one in the back. The two-cylinder air-cooled petrol engine was an advantage in cold climates encountered in China and it had 4-wheel drive. It was unarmed and unarmoured.
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The Kurogane Type 95 was a scout car used by the Imperial Japanese Army during the war with China and World War II in the East. It was the only completely Japanese designed reconnaissance car ever used by the army, which usually relied on civilian cars. The Type 95 was built by Tokyu Kurogane Industries, and was one of the world’s first mass-produced four-wheel drive vehicles. It had a two-cylinder, air-cooled engine that produced 33 horsepower, and could accommodate three people. The Type 95 was intended for reconnaissance, message delivery, and personnel transport, especially in rough terrain and jungle conditions. It had tall wheels that helped it overcome obstacles, mud, and snow. The Type 95 was not armed or armored, and was often called “daruma” by the soldiers after the Buddhist symbol for good luck. Between 1936 and 1944, about 4,700 Type 95s were produced, but only a few survive today.
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