Austin Gipsy
Austin Gipsy LWB reg CYY 355C at Donnington Park 09 - IMG 6107small
Manufacturer British Motor Corporation
Production 1958-1967
Number made 21,208 [1]
Predecessor Austin Champ
Body style(s) Four-wheel drive
Engine(s) Austin (A70) OHV
55 hp (41 kW) diesel 2200 Template:Auto bhp
Length 139 in (3531 mm) or 160 in (4064 mm)[1]

The Austin Gipsy was Austin's attempt at an off-road capable vehicle to compete with Rover's Land Rover.


Austin picked the name with an "I" spelling rather than gypsy. The Gipsy Model was a successor to the Austin Champ which was original built in the war for military use.

The Gipsy was visually similar to the Land Rover, but unlike the Land Rover, the Gipsy's bodywork was steel and suffered badly from rust in the outdoors off-road environment it was intended for. The suspension was sophisticated - independent suspension all round, using 'Flexitor' rubber springs. Later models used leaf springs on the front and rear. It used either a BMC 2199 cc petrol based on the one in the Austin A70 car or 2178 cc diesel engine.

It was available initially in a 90 inch (2286 mm) (later known as the Short wheelbase (SWB) version to which was added a 111 inch (2819 mm) Long wheelbase (LWB) from Series II

With the merger of BMC with Leyland to form British Leyland the Austin Gipsy and the Land Rover were being produced by the same company. Production of the Gipsy was ended in 1967 after some 21,208 vehicles had been sold.

Model range

Two basic models;

  • Short wheel base (SWB)
  • Long wheel base (LWB)

Various specialist version were built on the basic chassis

  • Fire Engines were a common one for use by large factories own fire crews.


A Few excellently restored examples are displayed at both Commercial vehicle shows and Steam fairs with historic vehicle sections.

Known examples in preservation

List known examples here. (PML table to be added)

Template:PML Austin gipsy

See also

References / sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Robson, Graham (2006). A-Z British Cars 1945-1980. Devon, UK: Herridge & Sons. ISBN 0-9541063-9-3. 

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