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1950 Photo of the Austin Champ on eBay

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This prototype looks a bit different from the finished version.

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“1950 Press Photo Jeep Developed by British, Bagshot Heath, England. This is an original press photo. A new 80 horsepower jeep, developed by the British, was demonstrated recently at Bagshot Heath, England. Larger than the standard model, the new vehicle is specially equipped for beach landings. The engine will run underwater. England, army, defense, equipment. Photo measures 10 x 8.25 inches. Photo is dated 08-10-1950.”


3 Comments on “1950 Photo of the Austin Champ on eBay

  1. Bill Shaw

    Funny seeing one with the wheels off the ground, at least the front ones – power wasn’t the selling point

  2. David Eilers Post author

    If only it had been lighter, more nimble, with better road clearance, a more universal engine, with easily replaceable parts, then maybe, just maybe, it would have been more successful. Still, there’s a tight group of these owners who enjoy them (or at least claim to enjoy them on Facebook 🙂 )

    The fact that the wheels were off the ground were the best part. I’ve never seen one catch air!

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