The Volkswagen Iltis grew out of a 1960's project for a European Jeep with amphibious abilities.
This fell through and the German army later issued a non amphibious specification. The VW Iltis won this latter competition.
The example (above) is owned by Joern Milte.
Volkswagen Iltis 4WD, 1970s...1980s
The VW Iltis has been in service
with the Canadian army at least since the early 1980's. They are
still in heavy use. I have sat in one before, they have a plastic
footwell, possibly the whole body. The armed forces personnel
explained that unloaded they can float. They are fitted with large
brush guards and long antennas.
Right: A 1985 Volkswagen Iltis.
Right: Allan Anderson's actason home com --> Volkswagen Iltis, bought in 1997 from a collector/ restorer. He purchased some jeeps from the Canadian Army when they came up for disposal. The major differences between the VW Iltis and the Bombardier Iltis is the front bush guard and the antenna mount at the back all else is basically VW. I have painted mine for "urban warfare" as well as replacing the SMP tires with street legal light truck tires. I still use the SMP tires for fun off-roading. With the jeep being so light and the first gear being so low range you can go anywhere (rated at a 60 degree incline climb). I have never had mine stuck.
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