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1954 Austin Champ Overland, MO $2000

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It will take plenty of work and money to get this going again.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/474304446903503

“This is an ex-British Army Austin Champ. Built in 1954 it served in an ordinance regiment up until 1967 when it was sold off by the queens royal army. Its fairly complete. It is fitted with a Rolls Royce B40 engine that has a full water proofing kit fitted. Its a 5 speed transmission with a selectable high low and reverse tranfercase. Im looking for $2000 or best offer.”

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1952 Austin Champ Grand Rapids, MI $13,900

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Looks in good shape.

https://www.racingjunk.com/Austin/184065608/1952-Austin.html

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“This particular Champ starts, runs and drives extremely well with the working four forward and reverse gears which is pretty fun to drive. Another cool thing which makes it nice is the full syncromesh transmission unlike the Jeep counterparts. This would make a great parade or cottage vehicle

The Austin Champ was a Military and Civilian Jeep like vehicle made in the 1950’s. The Military versions were known by Truck, ¼ ton, CT, 4×4, Cargo, FFW and Mk1. After about 30 prototypes were built they decided on what you see here. Most of these vehicles went to the British Military hence the FFW stands for Fitted For Wireless or Remote radio communications.

These were also quite unique because of the indestructible Rolls Royce 4-Cylinder engines that were made for these. Another unique feature is the fact that these engines were basically water-proof. This technology also proved to be extremely expensive too complex and limited to just cross country travel which it was extremely capable of. In-fact, it cost way more than the Land Rovers that were being built for the same thing..”

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Year? Austin Champ Sacramento, CA $800

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

Looks like a fair price. The seller saved this from a crusher.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/d/sacramento-austin-champ-jeep-4×4/7224973471.html

“Truck, 1/4 ton, CT, 4×4, Cargo & FFW, Austin Champ right side drive made in England
VIN. WN1 2515 / Chassis No. 2515 / Vehicle No. 25 BE 15 / Contract No. 6/VEH/5531
Manufacturer: Austin Motor Company
Also called: FV1801(a), WN1, WN2, WN3
Production: 1 September 1951 – May 1956
Body & Chassis: Four-seat “Jeep”-style tub ¼ ton 4X4
Engine: 2838 cc 80 hp (60 kW) I4 petrol
Dimensions: Length: 3.66 m (12 ft) / Width: 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) / Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 1½ in)
The engine is a four-cylinder in-line petrol unit of 2838 cc capacity (3.5-inch-diameter (89 mm) pistons × 4.5-inch (110 mm) stroke) designed by Rolls Royce and was the smallest of the standardized B-Range military engines

No title, bill of sale only. May consider trades.
Saved from the crusher looking for a good home.”

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2 Austin Champs Bend, OR **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $4500.

Blaine shared these Champs for sale. One even runs!

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“Selling 2 1954 Austin Champs 4×4

The green with Black wheels $4500
Runs smooth
Has a title CA Pink slip
Nice tires
Has rust under battery compartment
Has snorkel kit. Can go in 6ft of water
Brakes are not working, I will try and get them working this week

The tan wheel $1200
Does not run
No title
Has some rust
Body rough
No front seats
Missing glass
Rear end taken apart

They are located close to Sunriver, OR Willing to trade for Motorcycle or small foreign car or pickup.”

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1945 Photo on the Champs Elysees in Paris on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

Nice shot.

View all the information on eBay

“as shown … … approx 6 x 8 .. … vintage original authentic press photo ( most are Army radiotelephoto from Acme Newspictures ) … date listed is transmission date … most of these are not perfect ..some are a little blurry… some are sharp.. they may have bends and minor damage from poor storage .. please use the pictures to see the actual condition .”

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Thumbs Up for a Champaign Storm

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We’ve stopped in Champaign for the night. Just as we entered the city, a storm arrived. By the time we found the statute of movie critic Roger Ebert, which sits outside the Virginia theater in Champaign, Illinois (now showing John Wayne in Red River), sheets of rain could be seen and gnarly clouds were everywhere. We saw lightening and heard the thunder that followed. Thankfully, there was no rain falling on us. All three of us thought it made for a great storm, worthy of three thumbs up!!

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1959 CJ-5 Champion, MI **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $650.

If the top is in good enough shape, there’s definitely value here.

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“Jeep ran when parked. This Willys Jeep has an aftermarket hard top, possibly by Kaiser. Jeep is complete and pictures tell the story. Obviously going to need a trailer to get it home, help loading might be available. All the parts you need for CJ 5 in a handy dandy Willys Jeep CJ5 package. Text or call with any questions or to set up a time to view this beautiful vehicle”

 

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Austin Champ Fire Fly Engines

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As I’ve mentioned, I once made the ‘mistake’ of buying three Austin Champ fixer-uppers to save them from being crushed. Despite that experience, I joined the Austin Champ group, as sometimes I find Champs for sale and post the links on the site.

The other day someone posted a 1955 ad for the Champ Firefly, which was a type of fire engine built on the Champ chassis. I’d never heard of them, so thought folks might find these ads interesting.

Here’s a an actual Austin Champ NSL 418 Firefly Fire Engine:

The next three ads were all listed on this site: https://www.aviationancestry.co.uk/?searchQuery=Fire+Armour&startYear=1909&endYear=1980

The first two ads, from 1954, are for Champ Firefly Airfield Crash Trucks:

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1950 Photo of the Austin Champ on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images

This prototype looks a bit different from the finished version.

View all the information on eBay

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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.”

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1942 MB Champlin, MN **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $13,000.

Would make a fine parade jeep.

“Clean 42’Willy with all documents and paperwork. Runs and drives great. Showing by appointments”

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Austin Champ Saco, ME **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $7750

(08/27/2018) Seems like a pretty good price.

“1950 Austin Champ 4×4 British Military Jeep, 4 Cylinder Rolls Royce Motor, 5 Speed Transmission, 24V System, Right Hand Drive, Very Original, New Correct Brown Upholstery Seat Covers, Fold Out Windshield, Runs Very Well, Capable Of Road Speeds, Dedicated Club And Parts Source $7750”

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1952 M-38 Champaign, IL $4000

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UPDATE: Price dropped to $4000.

(11/03/2017) It will need some work.

https://chambana.craigslist.org/cto/d/1952-willys-m38-jeep/6369856427.html

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Clean title in hand. VIN# (serial #) on title matches original badges. I also have the “arctic” package for this jeep, which includes the hardtop and full doors. Jeep is a 3 speed manual and has the PTO unit (to the rear). Sears Roebuck lockout hubs. The engine is an F-134 “Hurricane” (as I’ve determined from the identification numbers on the block). I was told the jeep had been issued to Minot AFB in North Dakota. As I am told, I am the 3rd titled owner from the US Military. After being sold publicly, this jeep ended up on a farm in Minnesota. I also have a copy of the original technical order (manual) as issued by the US Military. The frame appears to only have surface rust and is not compromised. The jeep runs and start on the first turn! It has been updated to a 12-volt system.
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Year? Austin Champ Raymond, NY $4000

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Given this doesn’t run, Id be careful spending more than $2000 on it. Parts are hard to find and expensive (I owned three at one point). There is a FB page for Champ owners.

“1952-62 not entirely sure of model year, Austin Champ. England’s attempt at making copy of the Willys jeep. 7spds forward + 7 in reverse. 9000 original miles. Right hand drive. 4 cylinder Rolls Royce engine. 24v system, 4 wheel independent suspension. antique fisher plow. one of very, very few here in the U.S. This thing will go like a tank. $4000 or best offer.”

https://nh.craigslist.org/ctd/d/austin-champ-jeep-ultra-rare/6400356889.html

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1952 M-38 Champaign, IL $4500

• CATEGORIES: M-38

It need some work and has an f-head.

https://chambana.craigslist.org/cto/d/1952-m38-jeep/6351342758.html

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“I have an awesome 1952 military issued M38 Jeep. It has a ton of character and charm for any jeep lover or antique car lover. This Jeep runs too!

Details: this jeep is a mostly original M38 (Korean era) military vehicle. There are some aftermarket type of parts on it, but the majority is stock 1952. It’s a 3-speed manual with 4-wheel drive and a PTO. Also, it has the “Arctic” upgrade (the original arctic hardtop and hard doors). It has the original placards on the dash that match title too (which is pretty uncommon from my understanding). It has been updated to a 12-volt system too. I’ve got a copy of the original military issued Technical Order (manual) that goes with it.

Although this jeep runs, my original goal was to do a 75% restore, but life happens and I know longer have the time or desire to complete the job. I have removed the seats, the gas tank, the arctic top and the majority of bolts holding the front-floor pan to the frame (my plan was to only replace the front portion of the floor pan). All the bolts/etc. can go with (I kept to match sizes at a later date). Therefore, my inability to complete it can be your opportunity to see it through! This is a very unique and uncommon jeep.

Motor: the motor is believed to be a F-134 Hurricane (which replaced the “Go Devil”). Although I have confirmed some of the identifying numbers on the block, I am unable to confirm other identification numbers on the engine (due to age), but it is no doubt of the right era. I have no idea if the odometer is accurate regarding mileage.

I have clean title in hand. It was a barn find in Northern Minnesota (from what I was told) and it came from Minot AFB in North Dakota in the late 50’s or early 60’s. I was informed that I am the third titled owner subsequent to the US Military. Parts of the jeep are still the original olive green drab, but it has been repainted 3 times since (blue, then orange then back to the olive green drab).

I was asking $5,000.00 for this jeep, but will accept $4,500. I’m willing to entertain any reasonable offer, but no low balls at all. Only serious inquires please. No trades, and I do NOT need help selling this vehicle.”