From the Vault: Ground-crawling machine-gun car

Today we present this short news-reel clip from 1938 of the rather ridiculous Howie-Wiley “Belly Flopper” Machine Gun Carrier.   This vehicle, Captain Robert G. Howie and Master Sergeant M. Wiley of Ft.Benning Georgia, used a rather unusual rear engine/front drive layout.  The chassis and drivetrain were from an old American Austin, the driver steered with a small lever-arm and operated the clutch and brake with his feet.  It had a 13-14 HP engine and no suspension to speak of other than the relatively fat tires.  More information on this vehicle is available at Foxtrot Alpha for those that are interested.  Special thanks to our friend Volketten for alerting us to this clip.  .


  1. thank you for sharing this my great grandfather had a hand in building the belly flopper!

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