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|REVIEWER:||Scott Van Aken|
The Volkswagen Kübelwagen (a back-formation as literally, 'tub' car,previously mostly used for rail, industrial or agricultural hopper cars) was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during World War II for use by the German military (both Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS). Based heavily on the Volkswagen Beetle, it was prototyped as the Type 62, but eventually became known internally as the Type 82.
Kübelwagen is a contraction of Kübelsitzwagen, meaning 'bucket-seat car' because all German light military vehicles that had no doors were fitted with bucket seats to prevent passengers from falling out. This body style had first been developed by Karosseriefabrik Nikolaus Trutz [de] in 1923. The first Porsche Type 62 test vehicles had no doors and were therefore fitted with bucket seats. Mercedes, Opel and Tatra also built Kübelsitzwagen.
The vehicle was widely used and along with the Schwimmwagen, was probably Germany's most produced military vehicle. It is basically the equivalent of the US Army's Jeep. The type was built in a bewildering number of variants and dozens have survived the war.
While I doubt this will be a big hit with the armor crowd, those who like to build cars will find it to be a nice addition to their collection and something a bit different from their Toyotas and Mustangs.
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