Roden Military 1/72 Vauxhall D-Type Army Staff Ambulance Kit
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Vauxhall was one of a handful of manufacturers who supplied vehicles to the war effort during the 1914-18 conflict. The company produced more than 1500 D-type staff cars for military use, which saw action in theatres as diverse as the Western Front, East Africa, Russia and Palestine.
Derived from the A-type model and built from 1915, the D-type staff car played a vital role during the conflict. With its sturdy chassis and durable four-cylinder, side-valve 3969cc engine, it could achieve over 60mph and deal with appalling road surfaces that would tax today’s most high-tech off-roaders.
Regarded by many historians as the first automobile war, the ’14-18 conflict saw for the first time companies like Vauxhall, Rolls Royce and Sunbeam work closely with the British Army to mobilise key personnel. King George V was transported to Vimy Bridge in northern France in a Vauxhall, and the staff car was also the first vehicle to cross the Rhine following the Armistice in 1918.
The Morning Post summed up the importance of Vauxhall’s D-type soon after hostilities had finished: ‘the four-cylinder Vauxhall cars have proved to be the most generally satisfactory of any British make for staff service.’