Volkswagen Kubelwagen VW.
52,000 Kubelwagens for the German Army
in the 1930s and during World War II.
The Kubelwagen is rear engined and rear wheel drive - 4x2 only -
based on the famous Volkswagen people's car or "VW Beetle".
As such its offroad performance was
no match for the four wheel drive
This Volkswagen Kubelwagen was at
the Museum of Army Transport
loa: 3740mm, width: 1600mm, height: 1650mm, wheel-base:2400mm
engine: air-cooled 4-cyl, 985cc, 24hp at 2000rpm
transmission: rear engined, rear wheel drive, 4x2
- 8/1997, Jeff Tickner
Actually a very few 4WD Kubelwagen were produced from 1944-45.
They were 4WD in first gear only. They were based on the design of the
Schwimwagen, the amphibious version of the Kublewagen. It has a prop
that swings down and connects directly to the crank via a square-drive
socket. The Schwimwagen was made 4WD in first gear so you could get out
of the water. VW also made the Komanderwagen, which was sort of a
jacked-up VW Beetle, also 4WD in first gear in very limited quantities.
Hot VWs Magazine has covered these vehicles, including a collection in
Norway that consists of one of each of these rare vehicles (although the
Kubelwagen is not 4WD).
- 2/1999, Arild Danielson
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