Volkswagen Kubelwagen

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Volkswagen Kubelwagen

1940 - 1944
Country:
Germany
Engine:
Flat 4.
Capacity:
1131 cc
Power:
n/a
Transmission:
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
50,000+
Collectability:
5 star
Volkswagen Kubelwagen
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Our Rating: 5

Introduction



As early as January of 1938, moves were afoot to produce a military version of the Beetle for the war that lie ominously ahead. There were many, many prototypes, but eventually two main vehicles emerged as the war-time KdF-Wagens.

They were the Kubelwagen (literally, "bucketcar", but actually an abbreviated version of Kubelsitzewagen, "bucket seated car") and the Schwimmwagen ("swim car"). The latter was an amphibious vehicle with a rear-mounted propeller for water navigation. Only 14,283 were produced.

The Kubelwagen was much more plentiful and practical than the Schwimmwagen. It is an extremely austere, rugged automobile built simply for war-use.

About 50,000 were made. Survivng examples of both cars are scarce and very collectible. Production was from 1940-44 for the Kubel and 42-44 for the "Schwimmer".
Volkswagen Kubelwagen

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