|Type: Car, Scout, M3A1, 4x4
Government Number: G-67
Manufacturer: White Motor Company, Cleveland Ohio U.S.A.
Date of Delivery: February 1943
Serial Number: 261682
Engine Number: 1301526
Registration Number: U.S.A. W-6083XXX*
Technical Manuals: TM 9-705, TM 9-1705, TM 9-1706 and TM 9-1709
|This M3A1 Scout Car was produced by the White Motor Company, Cleveland Ohio as Serial Number
261682 and was accepted by the United States Army in February 1943. The Army Registration Number
6083XXX (the last three digits are currently unknown at this time) was originally painted on either side of
the armored hood. The WWII service history of this Scout Car is currently unknown.
After WWII concluded in September 1945, from 1946 to 1949 the third phase of the Greek Civil War
resumed. The Greek Civil War was fought between the Greek government army (supported by the United
Kingdom and the United States) and the Democratic Army of Greece (DSE) — the military branch of the
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) (supported by Yugoslavia, Albania and Bulgaria). The Soviet Union
avoided sending aid. The fighting resulted in the defeat of the DSE by the Hellenic Army in 1949. The civil
war resulted from a highly polarized struggle between left and right ideologies that started in 1943. From
1944, each side targeted the power vacuum resulting from the end of Axis occupation (1941–1944)
during World War II. The struggle was one of the first conflicts of the Cold War (1947-1989) and
represents the first example of Cold War post-WWII involvement on the part of the Allies in the internal
affairs of a foreign country.
On March 12th 1947, American President Harry S. Truman presented before a joint session of Congress,
known as the Truman Doctrine, to supply $400 Million in military and economic assistance to Turkey and
Greece, to contain Soviet geopolitical expansion, in what would later become known as the Cold War.
This M3A1 Scout Car was one of the many vehicles sent to Greece during this period of assistance
during their civil war. This M3A1 Scout Car would serve in the Greek Hellenic Army with the Registration
Number EX80201, until the later part of the 20th century. It was sold as surplus by the Greek
Government and imported to the United States by Sam Winer Motors Inc., Akron Ohio. QuestMasters
would purchase this M3A1 from a private military collector in 2019.
|This 1943 M3A1 Scout Car was produced by the White Motor Company, Cleveland Ohio as Serial Number 261682 with
JDX Engine Serial Number 1301526. The JDX engine was rebuilt twice. On the passenger side of the engine block, above
the oil pan are two different rebuild plates. The second time the engine was rebuilt was on September 30th 1970 by the
Greek Army's 301 Base Depot.
|1942 M3A1 Scout Car factory production, White Motor Company, Cleveland Ohio, above left and right photo.
|1943 M3A1 Scout Car Serial Number 261682, pre-restoration 2019, above left and right photos.
|M3A1 Scout Cars, Abilene Texas 1945, above photo.
These M3A1's have the Army Registration Number 6087247, 6086885, 6086867, 6088877, 6015304 painted on the armored
hood sides. 1943 M3A1 Scout Car Serial Number 261682, in the QuestMasters Museum collection, carried the Army
Registration Number 6083XXX, similar to the M3A1's shown in this photo. The placement of the star on the armored hood
|2020 Map of Europe, Asia and Africa, above left photo. 2020 Greece and Turkey Map, above right photo.
The Turkish Straits are two internationally significant waterways in northwestern Turkey. The straits create a series of
international passages that connect the Aegean and Mediterranean seas to the Black Sea. They consist of the
Dardanelles and the Bosphorus. The straits are on opposite ends of the Sea of Marmara. The straits and the Sea of
Marmara are part of the sovereign sea territory of Turkey and subject to the regime of internal waters.
Located in the western part of the landmass of Eurasia, the Turkish Straits are conventionally considered the boundary
between the continents of Europe and Asia, as well as the dividing line between European Turkey and Asian Turkey.
Owing to their strategic importance in international commerce, politics, and warfare, the Turkish Straits have played a
significant role in European and world history. Since 1936, they have been governed in accordance with the Montreux
|1943 M3A1 Scout Car Serial Number 261682 Restoration:
|Army Signal Corps Photo 178641 and 178642, above left and right photo, via National Archives College Park Maryland.
The rear of each photo is marked: "These Scout Cars have been declared surplus by the Army and turned over to the U.S.
Treasury for sale. The cars were used to train troops which have since been issued later models. The cars are at the
Lordstown Ordnance Depot, Warren Ohio, and are part of 2215 scout cars recently declared surplus by the Army".
|July 30th 1943, M3A1 Scout Cars, carrying white flags of truce, above photo.
These Scout Cars under command of U.S. General Keyes, enter the Royal Palace in Palermo Sicily, to receive formal
surrender of the city. Photo by Charles Corte, Acme Newspictures, for War Pool.
These Scout Cars have been field painted with tan camouflage over the factory painted olive drab paint. Additional armor
plating has been added to the front and rear of the body.
|During the removal of the paint on this M3A1 Scout Car Serial Number 261682, the following paint layers were observed
(in the order painted and not removed): #1 Factory Olive Drab, #2 White, #3 Orange and then finally #4 four-color Greek
camouflage scheme of Olive Green/Brown/Black and White. When the last three paint schemes were applied is currently