|Austin K2/Y Ambulance|
An original fully restored Austin K2/Y ambulance
|Place of origin||UK|
|In service||Second World War and after in a number of countries|
|Manufacturer||Austin Motor Company and Mann Egerton|
|Number built||13 102|
|Weight||3 tons 1½ cwt (3124 kg) (dry)|
|Length||18 ft (5.49 m)|
|Width||7 ft 5 in (2.26 m)|
|Height||9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)|
|Engine||Austin 6-cylinder, 3462 cc, petrol,
60 hp at 3000 rpm, 153 lbfft (207.4 Nm) at 1200 rpm
|Payload capacity||4 stretchers or 10 "walking wounded"|
|Suspension||Wheels 4 × 2, 10.50 – 16 tyres|
|Speed||50 mph (80 km/h)|
The rear body, built by Mann Egerton, could take ten casualties sitting or four stretcher cases. One veteran stated he carried 27 wounded at one point in the North African Campaign; this involved seating passengers on the wings, bonnet, and rear steps and even using rifles to suspend extra stretchers across the walkway in the back; he was mentioned in dispatches for this feat.
13 102 Austin K2/Y ambulances were built at Austin's Longbridge plant and an estimated 50 or more remain today. The Austin chassis was one of three main designs fitted with Mann Egerton bodies, the others being Morris Commercial and Bedford Vehicles. It is estimated there are two remaining Morris Commercials, but no Bedford examples are said to survive.
The Austin K2 was generally regarded as having a widely spaced four-speed gearbox that needed to be "understood", but once mastered provided good service. One person who did master it was the then Princess Elizabeth, who drove one during the war. It had two petrol tanks, one on each side (total capacity: approx. 2 × 12 Imperial gallons (2 × 54.5 l)). The top speed is around 50 mph (80 km/h).
Three Austin K2/Y ambulances participated in the VE-VJ days 50th anniversary parade down the Mall in London on 19 August 1995.
HRH Princess Elizabeth in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, April 1945.
Austin K2/Y Ambulance at the RAFBF 90th Birthday Air Show, East Kirkby, 2009.
Austin K2/Y Ambulance with bell at Liberation Day, 9 May 2010, Jersey.
Austin K2/Y Ambulance at the RAF Museum, London.
Sideview of an Austin K2/Y Ambulance at the War and Peace show 2010.
Ambulance crews of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANYs) stowing stretchers aboard their Austin K2/Y Ambulances, Colchester, 3 May 1941.
An Austin K2/Y Ambulance convoy from the Royal Army Medical Corps moving forwards in the Western Desert.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Austin K2/Y.|
- THE MALL VE-VJ PARADE PART TWO (from 8 minutes 14 seconds to the end).
- 'Ice Cold in Alex' Austin K2/Y at the Internet Movie Cars Database.
- Austin K2/Y Ambulance at armyvehicles.dk.