Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 5
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.
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,
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".