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Austin K2/Y, 4 x 2, (Front view, right side)

 
  Front view, right side

Picture courtesy of Danish Army Material Command
 

Danish Army Specific: Another example of a vehicles bought from the British Forces in Germany just after WW II. At least 14 were acquired and of those 7 were used by the Danish Brigade in Germany shortly after WW II.
Of these 4 were disposed of in the mid 1950s and probably superseded by VW Transporter ambulances. The faith of the remainder is unknown.
Historical
: The Austin K2/Y was introduced in 1939, and remained in production until 1945. The chassis was derived from the Austin Motor Company's K30, a 30 cwt open-cabbed military truck.
The K2/Y was the most common British Heavy Ambulance in WW II, known as the "Katie", used by all services.
The body was of simple construction, a wood frame covered with painted leather-cloth, insulated and accommodating four stretchers or eight sitting patients. It was known as the No. 2 Mk I/L, developed by the Royal Army Medical Corps and produced by Norwich-based coach-builders Mann Egerton. It accommodated an attendant and four stretchers or ten sitting casualties. Fresh-air vents were mounted in the sides, roof an doors. A Clayton Dewandre hot water heater was installed for the comfort of patients. The truck/body combination was occasionally used as van for other roles, and fitted to other vehicles like the Bedford ML and Morris-Commercial CS and CD respectively.
More than 13.000 produced at Austin's Longbridge works where production was almost continuous from 1940 until the war ended.
Length: 5.49 m (216 inches).
Width: 2.21 m (87 inches).
Height: 2.79 m (110 inches).
Weight: N/A.
Engine
: Own 6-cylinder, 3.462 cm3 (211 cubic inches) displacement.
Horsepower: 60 at 3.000 rpm.
Transmission: 4-speed.
Electrical system: N/A.
Brakes: Hydraulic.
Tyres: 10.50 - 16.
Fuel type: Petrol.
Fuel capacity: N/A.
Range: N/A.
Crew: N/A.
Additional: Top speed was 88 km/h (55 mph).


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