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Auster Autocar

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J/5 Autocar
J/5P Autocar at Kidlington Airport, Oxford in October 1966
Role Touring aircraft
Manufacturer Auster Aircraft Limited
First flight August 1949
Introduced 1950
Status several still airworthy in 2009
Number built 180

The Auster J/5 Autocar was a 1940s British single-engined four-seat high-wing touring monoplane built by Auster Aircraft Limited at Rearsby, Leicestershire.


The company recognised a need for a four-seat touring aircraft to complement the three-seat Auster J/1 Autocrat. The J/5 Autocar looked similar to the Autocrat, but was a new model featuring wing-root fuel tanks and an enlarged cabin.

The designation of J/5 for the Autocar followed on from its progenitor, the wartime Model J, which was designated the Auster AOP.V by the Royal Air Force. Postwar models derived from the Model J commenced with the J/1 Autocrat - note the use of J/1, not J-1.

A demand for a more powerful version for the tropics produced in 1950 the J/5E powered by a 155 hp (116 kW) Blackburn Cirrus Major engine. This was further developed as the J/5G first flown in 1951.

The Autocar has been primarily operated by private pilot owners but some were used by small charter firms in the UK and elsewhere as taxi and photographic aircraft.


Military Operators

 New Zealand

Specifications (J/5B)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft (10.97 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
  • Wing area: 185 ft² (17.19 m²)
  • Empty weight: 1,334 lb (605 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
  • Powerplant:de Havilland Gipsy Major 1 inline piston, 130 hp (112 kW)



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Published in July 2009.

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