Ford 3 Ton Tank (Two-Man Tank)

Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:50 pm

During World War I, American forces in France used either French light tanks or British heavy tanks.

In 1918, Ford copied the design of the French Renault FT-17 to create an American two-man tank, the Ford 3 Ton Tank.

Although it was called a tank, it was really a machine gun carrier.

The Ford 3 Ton Tank was the smallest and least expensive tank built in the United States. It had two Model T Ford engines that together produced 45 horsepower.

Ford 3 Ton Tank (Two-Man Tank)

Both the driver and the gunner sat at the front.

The driver controlled the steering by changing the gear ratio in each engine. The gunner had a 0.3 inch machine gun that which was placed in a limited traverse mount.

A prototype of the Ford 3 Ton Tank was sent to France and was tested and approved before the Armistice.

Only fifteen 3 Ton Tanks were ever built, although 15,015 were originally ordered.


Ford 3 Ton Tank

Active: 1918
Crew: 2
Weight: 3.1 tons (3,150kg)
Length: 13ft 8in (4.17m)
Height: 5ft 3in (1.60m)
Width: 5ft 6in (1.68m)
Weapons: Main – 0.3 inch (7.62mm) machinegun
Armor Maximum – 0.51in (13mm)
Engine: 2 x Ford Model T 4-cylinder gasoline, 45hp
Speed: 8mph (13kph)
Range: unknown