The Guy Ant was prototyped in 1935 to meet a War Department specification for a 15 cwt infantry truck. Around 90 percent of the components was used in earlier trucks like the Vixen and the Otter. A civilian version of the Ant, known as the Vixant were also produced. These were used for what was then known as "essential transport applications". Early production Ants had a flat bonnet, canvas doors and aero screens. The bonnet was changed to the v-shaped type shown in later pictures. This was presumably done to clear additional ancillaries. The Ant had an unusual gear change pattern, opposite to the normal type.
In 1938 a four-wheel drive version (Quad-Ant) was launched, initially for use as a field artillery tractor. These were later produced by Karrier under licence from Guy.
The first order for 150 vehicles was received in January 1936, shortly after successfully taking part in the Army trials in Llangollen in 1935. Some 8.250 trucks were produced until March 1942, mostly as GS trucks and some equipped for cable laying. Some batches received house-type van bodies for wireless, light warning equipment, light machinery, recorder or equipped as compressor trucks.
Water tanker and fire truck variants were produced for domestic Government use.
As a part of an attempt to rationalise the post-war fleet on the British Army the Ant and Quad-Ant was declared obsolete and auctioned of or passed on to other countries.
Length: 4.39 m (173 inches). Width: 2.10 m (83 inches). Height: 2.20 m (87 inches). Weight: 3.314 kg (7.365 lb.).
Engine: 4-cylinder Meadows 4ELA, 3.686 cm3 (143 cubic inches) displacement, liquid cooled, carburettor.
Horsepower: 55 at 2.600 rpm. Transmission: 4-speed gearbox. Electrical system: 12 volt. Brakes: Mechanical.
Tyres: 9.00 - 16. Fuel type: Petrol. Fuel capacity: 91 liter (20 gallons).
Incidentally, Guy Motors used a silver Native American statuette with the logo "a feather in our caps" as a bonnet ornament on their post-war vehicles. I own one of the originals! (Worth about £250:00).