Making Memories

After discovering that his dad learnt to drive in a K2/Y Ambulance, classic military vehicle enthusiast Paul Wright set his sights on owning one

This K2/Y was first ordered by the MOD on January 9, 1943 and was one of 2,500 that cost £483.33d each

‘My thoughts turned to how I could own a vehicle like the one we had seen at the rally’


Make: Austin 

Model: K2/Y 

Nationality: UK 

Year: 1943 

Used by: British, Commonwealth, US, French and Russian forces 

Production Run: 13,102 

Engine: Austin 

Type: Six-cylinder, overhead-valve 

Fuel: Petrol 

Displacement: 3,462cc 

Power: 60bhp@3000rpm 

Torque: N/A 

Transmission: Four-speed, nonsynchromesh manual. Rear-wheel drive 

Suspension: Front: Leaf springs. Rear: Leaf springs 

Brakes: Hydraulic drum brakes all round 

Tyres: 10.50 x 16 crossply tyres on split-rims 

Crew/seats: Two to three 

Payload: Ten seated, four on stretchers

Dimensions (overall) 

Length: 18ft (5.49m) 

Width: 7ft 5in (2.26m) 

Wheelbase: 11ft 2in (3.4m) 

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