1951 Austin Champ


  • Solid example
  • Low mileage   
  • Usable 4x4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


Finding a classic 1/4 tonne Austin Champ in usable condition is a task which is becoming increasingly difficult as time goes on. 

Since leaving the military, this 1951 example has had just three keepers, and it looks to be mainly in original condition, apart from receiving a coat of paint several years ago.

If you are in the market to step into a classic British military vehicle, then this one should be a high contender. You could either take it to the next level or enjoy it as it is; whichever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.


  • V5 is present       
  • Manufactured 1951     
  • Registered 16th January 1987
  • Three previous keepers since registration 
  • Date into service 25th November 1954 
  • Date out of service 20th July 1962
  • Military registration number 77 BE 25
  • 103 miles covered since 10th September 2012
  • The last MOT Expired on the 9th September 2013 
  • Well maintained example


  • The seats have been replaced at some point and are in good condition
  • Switchgear is reported to work correctly 
  • Wooden lath flooring is in good condition
  • Original instruments with 46,009 miles covered 


  • Well presented
  • Repainted several years ago
  • The windscreen folds down as it should, and the frame looks in good condition 
  • Windscreen is in good order with no apparent scratches
  • Shovel present 
  • Pick axe present 
  • Front and rear lights are free from any splits or cracks 
  • The vinyl roof is in good condition 
  • Original split-rim wheels
  • Tyres have some wear but do have some miles left


  • Rolls-Royce 2838cc 4-cylinder engine
  • 80bhp at 3,750 rpm
  • A fully enclosed engine capable of being submerged underwater (as long as the snorkel is used). 
  • Five-speed forward and reverse gearbox 
  • It starts on the button
  • Reported by the vendor to drive very well 
  • It is said to pull well through the gears
  • The brakes are reported to work as they should and stop the Champ in a straight line


A British military classic which has been well cared for. 

The Champ is mainly in its original condition and runs nicely. 

Of course, improvements could be made on the cosmetic side of a vehicle of this age if you want to take it to that next level, but as it is now, it’s a perfectly capable 4x4 which is ready to be enjoyed. 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1954
  • Make Austin
  • Model Champ
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 46,009 Miles
  • Engine size 2838
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Lichfield
  • Location Staffordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
23 bids
  • fl•••• £10,750 13/12/22
  • JP•••• £10,500 13/12/22
  • fl•••• £10,250 13/12/22
  • du•••• £10,000 13/12/22
  • fl•••• £9,700 13/12/22
  • ll•••• £9,100 13/12/22
  • fl•••• £8,900 13/12/22
  • ll•••• £8,800 13/12/22
  • JP•••• £8,500 13/12/22
  • Si•••• £8,200 13/12/22

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