Specific: Another example of a
vehicle bought from the British Forces in Germany just
after WW II. Used to carry passengers
and light cargo, running errands and other
The Austin was replaced in the late 1940´s/early 1950 by
Historical: The Austin Series G/YG was developed
in late 1939/early 1940, patterned on the Austin 10 HP
four-door Saloon. It served in all 3 services during and
after WW II. Different from the civilian version were the
engine, the fitting of a water pump, lower gear ratios,
larger petrol tank and the use of tyres of the
"cross country" type in the tread and of larger
section than normal.
Three hoops supported the removable
tilt, early versions of which incorporated an opening
front section to enable a crewman to pop up and operate a
Bren gun that could be rested on the spare wheel bolted
to the cab roof.
Several changes were made in production in the interest
of improvement, standardisation and simplification. The
wooden tailgate was replaced by a pressed steel version
and the five-window tilt had to give way to a simplified
three-window version from late 1940. The number of slats
in the radiator was reduced from 27 to 18. Later a split
top cab was introduced so that the overall height could
be reduced for transportation.
The first 250 vehicles was
powered by the same 1.125 cm3 engine as used in the
Approximately 30.000 vehicles were produced from April
1940 - 1944 by Austin Motor Co., LTD, Longbridge in
Similar models were produced by Morris, Hillman and Standard based on the manufacturers
contemporary 10 and 12 hp passenger cars as the armed
forces were desperately short of vehicles.
The type was nicknamed "Tilly", as the official designation
was "Car, Light Utility, 4 x 2".
Length: 3.96 m (156 inches).
Width: 1.52 m (60 inches).
Height: 1.93 m (76 inches).
Weight: 1.514 kg (3.330 lb.).
Engine: Own 4-cylinder, type G3-222AB (and variants),
1.237 cm3 (75 cubic inches) displacement, carburettor,
Horsepower: 29 at 3.600 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed, type G3-150.
Electrical system: 12 volt, negative ground.
Brakes: Mechanical (Girling).
Tyres: 6.00 - 16.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: 38 liter (8.5 gallons).
Range: 370 km (230 miles).
Crew: 1 + 1.
Additional: Other known users are
Portugal and the Netherlands.