Original Japanese WWII Type 94 Cargo Truck Data Plate – Dated 1940
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Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an aluminum data plate from a Japanese Type 94 Cargo Truck. The plate measures approximately 5 inches by 4 inches.
The following is the translation from the data plate from Top to Bottom, Line by Line:
Name: Type 94 6-Wheeled Cargo Truck
Vehicle Number: 2924
Unit Number: 4708
Vehicle Weight: 2350 Kilogram
Allowable Total Weight: 6000 Kilogram
(Uneven Ground): 1500 Kilogram
(Normal Road): 2500 Kilogram
Manufacturer: Tokyo Motor Industry, Co., Ltd. (forerunner of Isuzu)
Manufacturing Date: Showa Year 15 Month 6 (which means June 1940)
Like other industrial nations, and interested by UK’s own tests in the 1920s, Japan began motorizing its army and create motorized infantry regiments to go with its newly formed armored regiments. Gradually, and especially until the end of the 1930s for operations in China, the Army purchased a variety of trucks to carry troops and supplies. This increased in WW2 with a variety of lorries and trucks built by mostly by Toyota, Nissan and Isuzu. These were the Type 94 6-Wheeled Truck, Type 95 Mini-truck, Type 97 4-Wheeled Truck, Type 1 6-Wheeled Truck and Type 2 Heavy Truck for the latter, and Toyota KB/KC Truck, Nissan 80 and 180 Trucks, plus the Amphibious Truck Toyota “Su-Ki”.
Development of the Type 94