Austin 10HP “Tilly”

Like other countries. Britain turned its domestic auto industry to making military vehicles during the war years.


After the jump, a brief look at a very basic utility vehicle.

I have to admit I know nothing about British cars of this era.  But apparently the Austin 10 GRQ of 1939 was considered a suitable vehicle for modification into a light duty utility truck.  The rear, that is, the back seats and boot area were cut away to allow for an open bed.  So this is basically a small pick-up.  It has a 22 HP engine, which sounds horribly under powered to me, but is apparently fairly standard for the period.


The Name “Tilly” is an abbreviation from “utility”.  In other countries this would be known as a “Ute”.  During the war years this would be a common vehicle at army bases and air fields.


This kit is by Tamiya.  It represents an RAF airfield service vehicle.


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About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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