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Thumbs Up for a Champaign Storm

• CATEGORIES: Features

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 $650

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

https://up.craigslist.org/pts/d/champion-1959-cj-5-parts-all-of-them/6921819629.html

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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

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

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.

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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**

• CATEGORIES: MB

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**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

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

• CATEGORIES: M-38

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

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

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.”

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Austin Champ Concord, CA No Price

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

It’s an expensive project. This is in a condition similar to a couple others I bought.

“Selling a very early (one of the first 500) Austin Champs. This has been a California car for many years and has been off the road since 1978. It still has its original black and yellow license plates. This would be a great project. It is complete with its original engine, and spares.”

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/5811619744.html

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2 Austin Champs Interlaken, NY **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

UPDATE: **SOLD** Were on eBay.

“Pair Austin Champs British Military Jeeps
HUGE amount of extra parts.
This auction is for both jeeps, all parts, books, etc.
One looks to be 1960 and one looks to be a 1962.
As you can see one is in a little better shape than the other.
NOT RUNNING. Both Rolls Royce engines intact. Looks like all drive trains intact.
The engine turned on the one in better condition as the fan was turning when we towed it out and it was in gear, so the motor is free on that one. We are pretty sure they other motor will turn as well.
These are rugged old units.
A lot of various parts included. All books look to be original.
Have extra front fenders, a complete windshield unit, and steering wheel and column not pictured.
Also have extra drive train parts.
These are pick up only. Bring a big trailer. Probably 2 pallets of parts.
We can assist with loading. All arrangements up to winning bidder.
Don’t ask us to part these out. You get everything!!
These are outside. They will remain there until picked up. Parts are stored inside.
I added what pics I could. If you want more or specifics ask.”

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1949 Jeepster Champaign, IL $9850

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UPDATE: Still Available. 

(12/04/2014) Needs TLC of some kind.

“1949 Willys Jeepster 4 cyl. 3 speed manual on colum.
Just tuned , starts runs, converted to 12 volt, new exhaust, has newer top, has all the side curtians with clear plastic. paint is very dull but could be wet sanded and buffed, still needs a lil TLC, but worth the effort.”

http://louisville.craigslist.org/cto/5669239469.html

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Jeeps @ the World Championship Burro Race

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old News Articles • TAGS: .

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This September 1957 article from Willys News highlights an 11 mile jeep race as part of the World Championship Burro races that year (Burro races are still held). The course was originally from Leadville to FairPlay over Mosquito Pass, but heavy snows shortened the course from Alma to FairPlay.

If I read the article correctly, Denver’s Mile High Jeep Club had 600 members in 1957? No wonder it was considered the largest jeep club in the world!

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This map roughly highlights how far the race was. Cutting the race back to Alma shortened it considerably.

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Austin Champ from the Netherlands **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay.

An original running Austin Champ? That’s a miracle!

“A rare opportunity to own a piece of motoring history! This is a truly rare truck.
Very original and unrestored austin champ, nice and almost rustfree condition, runs and drive very good without problems.paint is decent but not perfect, complete with softtop, for more info please contact us.

This version of the Champ is built and used an Austin A90 Atlantic motor”

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1954 Austin Champ Lawrence, KS **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $500. 

(07/26/2013) This is pretty rough. Hard to get inexpensive parts for these.

“I have a austin champ

Very rare vehicle, only 15000 made total
They were made in the uk so there is only a handfull in the us

It has a rolls royce 4 cyl mk2
And a 5 speed transmission
5 forward gears and 5 reverse gears, goes same speed in reverse as driving

This is a pretty rough unit, but does have great potential
It has flat tires
Does not run but motor is free, it has a 24v system
Has gun holsters, shovel bracket, pick ax bracket
You wont find to many of these around here
Not in any hurry to sell, the value is going up daily on this item
Restored ones can bring up to 50k”

 

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1948 CJ-2A Champaign Urbana, IL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was No Price

Looks complete. Unclear if it runs.

“Just wantin to trade this off,
Like the jeep, but tempts me to do something I shouldn’t
Just assume trade it off.
Make offers.
If not, lost my butt already, I’ll do a frame out.”

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1941 Champion Spark Plugs Ad on eBay

This ad depicts a Bantam BRC-60.

“From a 1941 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, this is an ad for Champion Spark Plugs with art by Vickery. Illustrated are 8 uses for Champion Spark Plugs:
1. Bomber, Trainer, Airliner or Light Plane
2. Tanks
3. Reconnaissance Car or Jeep
4. Motorcycle
5. PT Boats of the Mosquito Fleet
6. American Industry
7. Farm Tractors
8. Trucking Industry
13 5/8″ x 10 1/8″
Excellent condition”

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1943 Champion Ad on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features

Marc spotted this Champion Spark Plug Ad on eBay.

“Size is approximately 8.5″X12”
Original advertisement, not a copy
Shipped in a mailing tube OR in an envelope, between heavy cardboard in zip lock bag
All U.S. shipments include delivery confirmation
All ads are stored in a climate controlled, non-smoking environment
Grading, All of our ads are in “EXCELLENT” condition, nothing less. We would not sell an ad that we would not display ourselves. We are collectors first!”

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1951 Austin Champ Toledo, OR **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make Offer.

Another sad Austin Champ.

“51 austin champ. british millitary jeep looking thing. right hand drive. motor rolls over by hand. tires are shot. its a bit beat but it is restorable. only thing mechanical thats missing is the coil. has the bow for the soft top. make an offer. if it doesnt sell its going to scrap. text or call works best. 54I 27O 6I26. email works but i dont check it every day”

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