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FV1801A/1802A Austin Mark 1 Champ

1/4 Ton CT/GS Truck


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: Great Britain
First Produced/Service Dates: 1952-1966
Manufactured by: Austin Motor Company
Crew: 1+3
Armament: (1) .303 or .30 cal Medium or (1) 0.5 Heavy Machine gun and (2) 3.5" Super-Bazooka" anti-tank rocket (on FV1801A/4 vehicles only)
Engine: 4-Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous Info:

Although the Champ did not enter into service until the early 1950's, the search for a British-built replacement for the US Jeep started as early as 1945. Directly related predecessor vehicles to the Champ include the Nuffield Mechanizations, Ltd. "Gutty" and "Mudlark" (FV1801). 

The name "Champ" was originally only used for the civilian version (WN3) of the vehicle.  However, it was also applied later in the military to this Combat Truck (CT) classified vehicle.  Incidentally, CT references were dropped in 1958 and replaced by the term nomenclature "General Service" (GS).

Two basic body styles of the Champ were produced, the Cargo version (FV1801A) and Utility version (FV1802A).  However, only the Cargo version was produced in a large quantity and in different  specialty variants.  The variants were Fitted for Wireless (FFW)/Fitted for Radio (FFR) (FV1801A/1), Field Ambulance (FV1801A/2), Cable Layer (FV1801A/3) and Machine Gun vehicle (FV1801A/4) .  The machine gun vehicle kit also included body armor as well, but wasn't always fitted.  There is some information available that states that the machine gun vehicles were actually produced in two separate variants depending on the armor/weapon mounted, but it is inconclusive.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
Austin Champ Cargo Truck (FV1801A) Photos  Ian Young - Great Britain
Austin Champ Royal Navy "Admiralty" Truck Photo Ian Young
      Austin Champ Utility Truck (FV1802A) Photos Ian Young

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
Austin Champ 1/4 Ton Truck Information and Photos Austin Champ Owners' Club Website
Austin Champ 1/4 Ton Truck Information and Photos Champ News Website

Printed

Reference Author
"Austin Champ" (January 2008 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) James Lyle
"Austin Champ Owners Club" (April 2009 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Andrew Wardle
"Happy Birthday Champ!" (October 2012 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Ian Young
  "Jack of All Trades" (December 2016 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) John Norris
Quarter Ton: Ford & Willy's Jeep, Austin Champ and Land Rover Series 1 (Warehouse Publications) Pat Ware

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
Austin Champ 1/4 Ton Truck Model Kit (K140) Accurate Armour 1/35 Multi-Media
Austin Champ 1/4 Ton Cargo/FFR Truck Model Kit (TQ-FV1801) Kit Form Services 1/24 Multi-Media
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M40A1 106mm Recoilless Rifle (with FV1801 Champ mount) (TQ-211) Kit Form Services 1/24 Multi-Media

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider