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Charron-Girardot-Voigt 1902
Charron Girardot Voigt 1902.jpg
The Charron-Girardot-Voigt 1902.
Type Armoured car
Place of origin France France
Service history
In service 8 March 1902-
Production history
Manufacturer Charron Girardot & Voigt
Unit cost 45,000 Francs
Number built 2
Weight 3,000 kg
Crew 3

Armor 7 mm
Hotchkiss machine gun 1901
Engine gasoline internal combustion engine
50 hp

The Charron-Girardot-Voigt 1902 was a French armoured car (French: Automitrailleuse blindée) 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.[1][2]

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 3,000 kg, and a road speed of 50 km/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.[3]


Charron, Girardot & Voight - C.G.V. Import Company, New York - The New York Times, December 4, 1906

See also


  1. Early Armoured Cars E. Bartholomew, p.4
  2. Gougaud, p.11-12
  3. Gougaud, p.11


  • Alain Gougaud L'Aube de la Gloire, Les Autos-Mitrailleuses et les Chars Français pendant la Grande Guerre, 1987, Musée des Blindés, ISBN 2-904255-02-8

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