The Mighty Mite was designed by the Mid-America Research Corporation,
as a combat vehicle suitable for airlifting and manhandling. It was originally
prototyped starting in 1946, and was further developed during the fifties by
a team including four of the original Bantam developers. Starting in 1959
some 3,922 were built by American Motors for the U.S. Marine Corps. The
M422's unique features included aluminum body, differential-mounted
brakes, and an AMC V-4 air-cooled engine. At over $5000 per unit it was
relatively expensive, which may account for the small production total.
This M422A1 (six inches longer than the first few hundred M422's) was rebuilt
by D&L Bensinger of Narvon, Pennsylvania. (Daryl Bensinger)
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