Early in WWII the need for a small utility vehicle became apparent. To expedite the manufacturing process some civilian car designs were modified. These small utility vehicles were usually referred to as “tilly�, a play on the word utility. There were 4 major producers of these vehicles, Austin, Hillman, Standard and Morris. Manufacturers kept some of their distinctive physical features such as hoods (bonnets) and grilles. The “tilly� was well suited for the multitude of tasks it was assigned and became an iconic WWII British vehicle.
Engine: 4 cylinder petrol 1,237 cc, 29 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Electrical System: 12 volts
Transmission: 4 forward gears, 1 reverse
Weight: 2,435 lbs
Length: 13 ft
Width: 5 ft
Height: 6 ft 7 ins
Wheelbase: 7 ft 8 ins.
Ground Clearance: 7.5 ins.
Suspension: Leaf Springs
Tyres: 6.00 – 16 ins.
Brakes: Mechanical 9 inch drums
Drive: Rear Wheel
Number Manufactured: Approximately 30,000