We recently came in contact with a special Austin Gipsy 4 × 4 SUV from 1965. Not only special because it was a left-hand drive - with odometer! - but mainly because of the bodywork!
The Gipsy, with which Austria's parent company British Motor Corporation in those years thought it could compete with Land-Rover, was finally available in two chassis lengths. Generally seen as a Pickup, closed order or with a linen roof. Just like the Land Rover, BMC did not bring the intended success. Despite frantic and convulsive attempts. The Dutch importer of this British fine goods, the company RS Stokvis and Sons in Rotterdam brought them to our country. And delivered them to the government, among others. In the meantime, about twenty years ago, we traced the same version as 'fire truck' once in Kraggenburg and now this one. Which was probably delivered to Staatsbosbeheer? The body structure is of Dutch origin. In addition to the extra can for the roof, the top of the doors - with hinged windows! -, a lot of wood was used and nice aluminum strips to finish the whole. A proof of craftsmanship! Who would have built this carriage? And in what numbers? Surely there must still be employees from the past who can tell us more about it? We look forward to receiving your messages. Unfortunately, the copy shown here fell victim to vandalism after an undoubtedly active life. Bit of a shame. Is economically no longer responsible to bring to life.