Perhaps the most under-appreciated and under-valued vehicle on the planet! The Austin Champs capabilities and refinement are unheralded. Check out the list of mechanical features:
The Champ's engine is a four-cylinder in-line gasoline engine designed by Rolls Royce.
The five speed gearbox has synchromesh on all gears. A manual clutch is fitted. Drive from the gearbox is by shaft to the rear combined transfer box and differential assembly which incorporates reverse gear, this layout gives five reverse gears also. A long shaft to the front differential includes a simple clutch system that enables four-wheel drive.
Constant velocity joints are fitted instead of universal joints. All assemblies are sealed against the ingress of water.
The suspension system is based on torsion bars and springs and is fully independent at all four wheels using double wishbones. Each wheel was also fitted dual shocks. A rubber cone and cup system to buffer extreme upward suspension travel. Front and rear axles are constructed into a cradle sub-assembly.
The single-line hydraulic braking layout has no power assistance.
The engine, fuel system and all electrical items are waterproofed so the vehicle can wade to a depth of 6 feet with a snorkel attached to the air cleaner.
The body is a four-seater tub of welded pressed steel panels and is similar in style to a Jeep.
A fabric top made from PVC coated material and a set side screens with hinged doors on a simple frame are available for bad weather. The inner windscreen opens forward for ventilation or the whole frame and glass assembly can be folded down flat onto the hood.
Military items such as a shovel, pickaxe and a carrier for a standard 20-litre jerrycan are fitted.
The 20-gallon fuel tank is standard.
Our Champ includes a full custom interior finished in Bison Hydes repleat with hair. Custom wood floor grates and storage compartments along with the desert tan exterior complement the rugged theme of this vehicle. We have an extensive service history on this vehicle. This Champ is in exquisite shape and would be lovely addition to any collection.
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