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Austin Champ.

[Austin Champ, side, jpg]
[Austin Champ, front, jpg]

The Austin Champ was designed to meet a British army specification of the late 1940s, FV1800, and is based in the Morris Gutty prototype. The Champ is powered by a 2.8L 4cyl petrol engine by Rolls Royce. The engine is fully enclosed for wading and working on it is "difficult".

The gearbox has five forward and five reverse speeds. Drive to the front differential is by a shaft from the rear differential rather than through a conventional transfer-case. Suspension is independent all round. (This particular Champ belongs to the Royal Australian Transport Corps museum.)

The enormous snorkel can fold flat to lie along the front wing.

This British military four wheel drive turned out to be a dead-end, being overtaken by the simpler and more versatile Land-Rover.

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