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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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This 1955 ad is for Fire-fighting. I’ve yet to see pics of one of these restored.1955-austin-champ-rapid-rescue-ad

 
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1958 Austin Gypsy El Paso, TX $2250

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Not many these around.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2313853708867779/

“Rare Austin Gypsi Does not run From england Project car Clean title 4×4”

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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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1958 Austin Gypsy Prescott Valley, AZ $2500

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: .

Looks like a good restoration candidate.

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/d/1958-austin-gypsy/6627976188.html

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“Well, I used to find stuff like this all the time.Not so much anymore.This is 1958 Austin Gypsy. British early SUV.There are very,very few of these in North America. I found this up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California. Where it had sat in a field since 1972. The seller said it was pretty much rustfree. Until we pulled it out the dirt it that sank into.Showing rust along both lower rocker areas due to said dirt. There is also rust in the tool box bottoms where someone bolted in a rollbar a long time ago.

Rest of the body and frame are not bad. The original engine turns over fine and looks like most everything is there. The front differential and axles are missing. Though part of it and the front driveshaft are in the back area of the Gypsy. The engine turns over nicely.The wheels and hubs are al free and move nicely. This truck has sat for over 45 years. It will need everything. But what a neat vehicle to work with.
I travel around the West Coast with my truck and trailer and might be able to get it to you or close”