VW Military Vehicles
Volkswagen made approximately 52,000 Kubelwagens for the German Army in the 1930s and during World War II. The Kubelwagen is rear engined and rear wheel drive - 4×2 only - based on the famous Volkswagen people's car or "VW Beetle". As such its offroad performance was little match for the 4×4 Jeep MB.
This Volkswagen Kubelwagen was at the Museum of Army Transport c1997.
The second generation VW Kubelwagen:
these 1900+ units were produced by VW
in Germany under contract for the
Bundeswehr. They were outfitted with the military package (option code M63)
from 1969 to 1979. Standard features include Stationary petrol heater,
black-out lights, low compression engine, skid plates, brush guards, first aid
holder, 4 rifle holders, water-proof ignition and charging system, double
shielded wires. There were civilan models made in Mexico and sold in the USA
in 1973 and 1974, and some right hand drive models sold in England. The
German Army used a most of these vehicles as Radio and scout cars, although
some were assigned in almost every unit.
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.
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. - Ken Macfarlane [12/1998]
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