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1940 Austin K3 Military Tipper Truck


  • Subject to a comprehensive restoration around six years ago
  • Equipped with a bespoke outdoor cover for the cab
  • Offered in running and driving condition
  • Highly original interior, with all the instruments and lights reportedly functioning as they should

The Appeal

The Second World War was fought on such a scale that vast quantities of troops, supplies and equipment had to be transported all over the world. That makes trucks as important, if not more so than tanks and aircraft. These vehicles needed to operate in inhospitable conditions, crossing challenging terrain for months on end with limited maintenance. 
Britain’s numerous commercial manufacturers produced a number of models to help the war effort and one of the most effective trucks of the conflict was the Austin K3. Equipped with powerful six-cylinder overhead cam engines, four-speed gearboxes and hydraulic brakes, the K3 proved immensely capable and boasted an impressive carrying capacity.
Wartime examples are especially sought after among military collectors and we’re delighted to present this 1940 Austin K3 tipper. It was restored around six years ago and remains commendably original to its original specifications. Having lost its indoor storage, the truck has been parked outside in recent months so would benefit from some cosmetic attention although we’re assured that there’s no notable corrosion to report. 

Offered in running, driving order, this piece of fascinating World War Two history could be yours. It’s the 80th anniversary of Normandy landing on 6th June 2024 and this would be a welcome addition to the commemoration proceedings.

The History and Paperwork

  • UK road registered
  • V5C present
  • MOT and road tax exempt
  • Little is known about this truck’s past, although the vendor has owned it since 2016
  • Comprehensively restored around six years ago

The Condition

  • No signs of notable corrosion or damage to the truck cab and chassis
  • The green paintwork has accrued some patina since restoration
  • Supplied with a bespoke cover which protects the cab
  • Since the load bed is made from wood, some of this may now require repair or replacement but it appear sin good overall condition
  • The original wheels and off-road tyres appear in good order
  • Inside the cab, all is well-presented and highly original
  • The vendor informs us that all the instruments, various switches and lights work
  • No notable wear the seat upholstery and controls

The Mechanics 

  • 3,462 cc OHV petrol straight-six
  • Equipped with a single Solex carburettor
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • The engine compartment presents nicely
  • The brake master cylinder needs over hauling 
  • The vendor reports that the engine runs smoothly and the Austin runs drives as it should
  • It requires the brake master rebuilding but stops on the handbrake 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1940
  • Make Austin
  • Model K3
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 3,409 Miles
  • Engine size 3462
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Hertfordshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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