The Car, Armored, Light, 6x6 M8 (called the Greyhound by the British) was equipped with a 37mm main gun plus two machine guns: one .30 cal. mounted coaxially with the main gun plus one .50 cal. anti-aircraft gun mounted on the turret. The M-8 Greyhound was produced in Ford's plant in St. Paul, MN from July 1943 to June 1945, with a production total of about 8,500 vehicles.
The side racks on the M8, between the front and rear wheels, originally held land mines, three on each side. The land mine racks were later replaced with enclosed storage boxes.
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M-8 Greyhound 6x6 Armored Car (G-136)
7 ft, 4.5 in. (including MG)
8 ft, 4 in.
16 ft, 5 in.
Hercules JXD 6 cyl, gasoline
4 fwd speeds, 1 rev
2 ft, 8 in.
Manuals for the M-8 Armored Car (and in common with the G-176 M20) include:
TM 9-743 Operation and Maintenance. Light Armored Car M8 (10 March 1943)
TM 9-1743 Power Train, Suspension, Hull, and Turret Rebuild and Overhaul (October 1943)
TM 9-1832A Hercules Engines, Series JX Models A, C, D, E-3, F
Preliminary Service Parts Catalog for Car, Armored, Light, M8 (June 1943)
ORD 7 SNL G-176 Organizational Maintenance Parts List (January 1952)
ORD 8 SNL G-136 Field / Depot Maintenance Allowances (Parts) for M8 (G-136) & M20 (G-176) (March 1952)