In January 1939, just before the Second World War began, Austin received the state order and was forced to return trucks production. The new range, which was later named the “Series I”, consisted of two basic models K2 and K3 with a capacity of 2 and 3 tonnes.
Then a 1.5-ton pick-up K30 was added to this range. All of them had a six-cylinder overhead valves gasoline engine (3462 cm3, 60-63 hp), 4-speed transmission, hydraulic brakes and a spring suspension. Externally, that trucks were very similar to its main competitor the Bedford trucks, and therefore became known as the “Birmingham Bedford”.
At the end of the war until the mid-50s Austin produced pre-war K2 and K4 trucks with load capacity from 2 to 5 tons almost without changes. They were equipped with a 4-liter engine rated at 85-90 hp. The postwar models received an updated radiator grille.
Successor: Austin K2 / K4 Loadstar