Junkyard Gem: A pair of Austin Champ

In the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. military surplus Willis MB and Ford GPW jeeps were cheap and plentiful here, but if you want your general-purpose quarter-ton military vehicle has a Rolls-Royce engine, right-hand drive and a breeding American Bantam. BRC 40 All the way back? What then? It turns out that someone in Colorado asked that question in those days, and the answer matched that of Austin Champ, now living in a self-service car cemetery in northeastern Colorado.

Following the success of the British Army’s great warfare using American-made jeeps during World War II, national pride dictated that an all-British equivalent be created for the post-war military. The process has given the world the name of the greatest car of all time, including the Nufield Guti and Ulselly Mudlark.

Eventually, “Truck, 1/4-Ton, 4×4, CT, Austin Mk.1” appeared and began equipping the British Army in 1951. Although it was suitable for off-road, it proved to be extremely expensive to build and its complex powertrain. It was hard to maintain. In the mid-1950s, the cheap and easy Land Rover took over and the last of these machines left military service in 1968.

The name Champ was applied to the civilian version, and quickly became the title applied to each of these vehicles. Although some actual champs were sold, they were almost certainly the former slaves of the Maharaja (or maybe even). His Mahima, who ruled until his death in early 1952).

Champ got a Rolls-Royce-designed 2.8-liter displacement Straight-Four petrol engine, the ancestor of which reached the 1922 Rolls-Royce Twenty.

That A smooth-running straight-six of the roller was suitable for plutocracy, while the engine of the champ was designed as a sturdy, no-luxury military unit of the B-Range family from the beginning. Vehicles like the Humber Pig and Elvis Stallwart began to use B-range power, so Champ was in tough company. No matter how many snowy comments you have about your Silver Ghost, it is still the only second I have found in all my years of writing about a true Rolls-Royce engine and junkyard captives.

Oddly enough, this Is not The first British military vehicle I found at the U-Ranch-type yard. In 2014, I saw a legendary Southern California backyard match the 1970 Alvis Combat Vehicle, a number of reconnaissance (tracked). I have found a fair number of ex-military trucks that have been discarded year after year by the American armed forces.

It turns out that these trucks were used only by the British and Australian military, so these two could not reach the United States after working in Canada. Someone paid to bring them. After all, they’ve been parked outside, thanks to the elements for decades, and now they’re here.

Rated for six feet deep river!

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