Austin Champ was designed by Alex Isigonis (Designer of the Austin Mini
Car) at the end of WW2 to
meet the requirements of the British Army for a fast attack combat vehicle
to replace the American Jeep.
The Austin Champ was built with a 24 volt electrical system and a reliable
Rolls Royce designed engine,
enabling the vehicle to out-perform all of it's contemporaries with
features such as being amphibious in
1.5 metres of water, having superb torsion bar suspension, five forward
and reverse gears, giving it a
tremendous cross country ability.
in 1950 after four years
of development and continued until 1955.
Approximately 11,000 Austin Champs were
manufactured and it is believed that only 1000
of these vehicles survive world-wide.
Austin Champ was armed with a machine gun
and rocket launcher, but was also employed in
various other applications such as radio
communication's and ambulance vehicle.