First entered service for the MoD in 1954; transferred
to civilian use in 1973 and only two registered keepers
We understand that this Champ was restored by the previous keeper and although there are no bills to support this, it had a comprehensive strip down and rebuild after being found in a rather sorry state.
The body and chassis were shot blasted, primed in red oxide then painted in deep bronze green. Many of the other components were restored, renewed or replaced and once completed, it hit the show circuit. Due to ill health and the Covid hiatus, the Champ had a brief time of inactivity between approx. 2019 and late 2022, before being sold to our vendor, who has recommissioned and serviced it, preparing it for re-sale.
The body is generally in good order, although carries some historical dents and chips here and there and the chassis/suspension also all appears to be sound.
The vendor has recently driven about 40 miles in it, testing its capability on and off the road and of course forwards and backwards! (at a similar speed…..). They have reported that everything seems to be in working order, although the temperature gauge didn’t seem to be operational so that may need looking at. Some small oil leaks here and there too but no more that should be expected for a vehicle like this. The keen detail spotter will also have noticed that the windscreen wiper arms and blades have been recently fitted from a Series IIA Land Rover.
A lot of fun and not too common to see, this Rolls-Royce-powered Champ comes with a small box of spares and is ready to be enjoyed.
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