The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson


Overview      The U.S. Auto Industry at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944    The U.S. Auto Industry and the B-29 Bomber   U.S. Auto Industry Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   The Complete listing of All Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   Sherman Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Tank Destroyers of the American Auto Industry    M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Serial Numbers for WWII Tanks built by the American Auto Industry

    Automobile Manufacturers:  American Bantam Car Company   Checker   Chrysler   Crosley   Ford   General Motors   Graham-Paige   Hudson
   Nash-Kelvinator   Packard      Studebaker    Willys-Overland

General Motors Divisions
(Undergoing development) Aeroproducts   Brown-Lipe-Chapin   Buick   Cadillac   Chevrolet   Cleveland Diesel   Delco Appliance   Delco Products   Delco Radio   Delco-Remy   Detroit Diesel   Detroit Transmission   Electro-Motive   Fisher Body   Frigidaire   GM Proving Grounds   GM of Canada   GMC   GMI   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Saginaw Steering Gear   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck and Implement Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   Clark Equipment Company   Cleveland Tractor Company   Federal Motor Truck   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Massey-Harris   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
Manufacturers:
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  
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 Chrysler Main Page   Dodge Trucks in World War Two   Dodge Trucks in Service with the Polish Army  Chrysler built M4 Sherman Photos   Chrysler built M4A3 Sherman Photos   Chrysler built M4A4 Sherman Photos   Chrysler built M3 Lee/Grant Tank Photos  Detroit Tank Arsenal Photos    Chrysler Post WWII M60 Patton Tank Photos

Chrysler built post World War Two M103 tank photos
Newark Tank Arsenal
Newark, DE
1950- 2008
Rest in Peace.


This page added 11-30-2017.

Chrysler, along with Cadillac, Fisher Body, and Ford made tanks for the US military after World War Two.  Chrysler stayed in the business the longest by producing all of the M60 tanks built, and many of the later M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks.  Its first post WWII tank was the T43/M103 heavy tank armed with a 120mm main gun which was produced in the newly built Newark, DE Chrysler Tank Arsenal.  This was not a government owned facility like the Warren, MI Tank Arsenal that Chrysler operated during WWII.  It appears that by building this facility that Chrysler considered tanks to be a viable future product line.  However, only the M103, the corresponding M51TRV, and later the M48 were built at the plant.  M60 production started at Newark, but then was moved back to the tank arsenal in Warren, MI.  Newark converted into a car assembly in 1957 plant and then closed and was razed in 2008.  Today the property is part of the University of Delaware campus. 

All of the original 300 M43 heavy tanks were originally built with an AV-1790 12 cylinder engine driving an Allison CD-850 transmission.  In 1964 153 of the original M103s were converted to the Continental AVDS-1790 12 cylinder twin turbo gasoline engine, which was the same as that used on the M60 tank. This was designated the M103B2.   

Chrysler built M103 Heavy Tanks

Model Number built Build Dates Comments
T43/M103 300 1950-1953  
M51 TRV 187 1954-1955  
Also built by Chrysler at Newark, DE
M48 ~ 6,000 of 11,703 M48 tanks produced 1952-1959  

Serial Number:  690
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  AAF Tank Museum, Danville, VA
Date of Photo:  11-6-2015
Type:  M103A2 diesel powered


Serial Number:  765
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Public Library, Shively, KY
Date of Photo:  3-9-2017
Type:  M103A2 diesel powered


The semi-elliptical shape of the front hull originated with the M103, and was later carried over to the M48 Patton tank series.


This configuration of engine bay indicates this is the M103B diesel powered version of the tank.


Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Chamber of Commerce, Radcliff, KY
Date of Photo:  3-9-2017
Type:  M103 gasoline powered


This configuration of engine bay indicates this is the M103 or M103A1 gasoline powered version of the tank.


Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Public Library, Euclid, OH
Date of Photo:  6-22-2017
Type:  M103A2 diesel powered


Serial Number:  Unknown
US Registration Number:  Unknown
Date Built:  Unknown
Location:  Army National Guard Armory, Dowagiac, MI
Date of Photo:  5-29-2017
Type:  M103 gasoline powered

 

 

 

 

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