Rugged and Rusty: 1958 Austin Gipsy G1M10

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Thanks to Barn Finds fan, Peter R., for sending in this tip! The 1958 Austin Gipsy G1M10 seen here “needs everything”, according to the seller. What a way to start out a sales listing! This unique 4×4 is found on eBay in Prescott, Arizona for $3,400. No, the name isn’t a misprint, it really is spelled Gipsy.

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The Gipsy was made from 1958 to 1968. It was the successor to the Austin Champ and was intended to compete with the Land Rover. The Gipsy is steel, however, and as you can see here, steel body panels rust as opposed to the aluminium panels of the Land Rover.

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The Gipsy had independent suspension with “flexitor” rubber springs inside of tubes attached to the chassis. This made for a decent ride over rough terrain but it offered less ground clearance when heavily loaded down. I think that this would be so much more unique to own than a Land Rover of the same era. These were rugged off-road vehicles.

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There isn’t much padding here, wow! There are some parts still available so don’t despair.  You’re going to need a lot of sandpaper for this project, and a media-blaster, but really, overall, it doesn’t look too bad to me. Just lots of surface rust and a little rust-through in a few spots.

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This is Austin’s A70 2.2L inline-4 with about 62 hp and 110 lb-ft of torque. 21.208 were made by the time that production stopped in 1968. This Gipsy could either be restored to look like new again, or a person could just get everything working and safe and drive it as it looks here and not have to worry about scratching it. That might be the way that I would go, how about you?

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Comments

  1. Dan h

    Needs everything and nothing is readily available. Good times!

  2. Brad

    There’s been one – in reasonably better shape judging by photos – for sale on Chicago’s Craigslist for YEARS. I think they’re asking $5K. Just an odd little bird — I’d rather have an old CJ so I could upgrade parts as needed.

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