Austin 10HP “Tilly”

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

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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.

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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.

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

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About atcDave

I'm 53 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 30 years; 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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