Foreign Military Vehicles
Ken Koch's 1958 Russian GAZ front left with soft top
Ken Koch's 1956 Austin Champ.
Because the Champ was so long in the development and trials phase, the British Army actually got Land Rovers into service before the first Champs were issued. They were, however, designed for completely different purposes. The Champ engine is a 4-cylinder in-line B40 from Rolls Royce with a conventional manual shift whereas the Ferret uses the bigger in-line 6, the B60, coupled to a four-speed pre-selector box. The Champ gearbox is a simple five-speed all-synchro unit with reverse incorporated in the separate transfer box which is integrated into the rear differential assembly. This gives five ratios in reverse as well - if you are brave enough!
This is a 1972 Ford Transit Ambulance. It is a "krankenwagen", or disaster relief ambulance. It has a tiny V-4 OHV engine, 4-speed manual trans and just 2WD. Max speed is 65, but it takes a loooooong time to get there. It was made to get to the scene of a disaster and treat the injured, then, when they were stable, transport them to a hospital. It came completely stocked with breathers, intubators (the things used to clean out your lungs), stretchers, wheelchair, bandages, I.V. solutions, full body casts, and much more that I can't remember. This one had 23,000 KM on it (about14,000 miles), and only needed a little brake work and new rubber fuel lines. By the way, the blue flashing lights and typical European siren work, too. Owned by Ken Koch.
The photo was taken at a
VW show at Coral VW in Aug. 1990. My